Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Dec 2017 17:39 UTC, submitted by Henrik Hellerstedt
OpenBSD

If you've noticed a disruption in the time-space continuum recently, it is likely because I have finally been able to compile and install the Common Desktop Environment (CDE) in a current and actively-developed operating system (OpenBSD 6.2 in this case).

Since it's been a while - I love CDE.

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One of the worst
by rener on Wed 20th Dec 2017 20:53 UTC
rener
Member since:
2006-02-27

I really wonder why someone who literately hates software and thinks "Traditional operating systems are garbage." likes CDE. I can agree to like a lot of things, but CDE looks to me like the worst user experience Unix nightmare memories, ever, ... I'd rather use BeOS or NeXTstep.

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RE: One of the worst
by kwan_e on Wed 20th Dec 2017 21:19 in reply to "One of the worst"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

but CDE looks to me like the worst user experience Unix nightmare memories


Based on looks?

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RE[2]: One of the worst
by Vanders on Wed 20th Dec 2017 21:33 in reply to "RE: One of the worst"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

I don't know about anyone else, but having used CDE on Solaris for a year as a young(er) professional, I'm fairly comfortable in my position that CDE was horrible because it was a terrible user experience with endless non-discoverable functionality, non-orthogonal usability, required a text editor to make anything but the most basic configuration changes, and yes, was ugly.

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RE[2]: One of the worst
by Soulbender on Thu 21st Dec 2017 04:41 in reply to "RE: One of the worst"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I used CDE on HP-UX for a while and just as Vanders I found it to be a rather terrible user experience.

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RE[2]: One of the worst
by Troels on Thu 21st Dec 2017 15:36 in reply to "RE: One of the worst"
Troels Member since:
2005-07-11

The looks were not THAT bad for its time (mid to late 90s). But it was so incredibly bloody slow, and was a nightmare to use.

What i remember the most was it being an intelligence test to start an Xterm (ironic on a unix system) and waiting for the damn blinking yellow light to stop blinking so it would actually react to clicks.

I don't understand why anyone on a Sun machine would run this over OpenWindows. By the time the Ultra 5 was released, KDE 1.0 had luckily been released, and after that CDE has just been an unpleasant memory for me

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RE: One of the worst
by Sauron on Wed 20th Dec 2017 21:36 in reply to "One of the worst"
Sauron Member since:
2005-08-02

I really wonder why someone who literately hates software and thinks "Traditional operating systems are garbage." likes CDE. I can agree to like a lot of things, but CDE looks to me like the worst user experience Unix nightmare memories, ever, ... I'd rather use BeOS or NeXTstep.


Nothing wrong with BeOS's desktop, it's a pleasure to use even today and still looks better than Windows!
Can't comment on NeXTstep because never used it but from what I've seen of it, it looks fine.

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