Jon Trulson saperski Peter Howkins Christopher Turkel Ulrich Wilkens Pascal Stumpf

Welcome to the CDE Wiki

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Before you compile, please check the status of your distribution/platform. It will save you a lot of hassle.

CDE - The Common Desktop Environment is X Windows desktop environment that was commonly used on commercial UNIX variants such as Sun Solaris, HP-UX and IBM AIX. Developed between 1993 and 1999, it has now been released under an Open Source licence by The Open Group.

To help answer peoples inevitable questions please have a look at the [What is CDE?] and [QandA] pages.

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1 - Applications
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2 - More Applications
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3 - Help Systems
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4 - The Style Manager
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5 - The File Manager
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6 - Just Another Window Manager

Current State

CDE currently works on Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, OpenIndiana and Solaris operating systems.

In 1999 the reference platforms on which CDE was built were;

Supplier Platform OS
Digital AlphaStation 200 Digital UNIX V4.0
Fujitsu DS/90 7000 UXP/DS V20L10
HP HP9000/7xx HP-UX 10.01
IBM RS/6000 AIX 4.2
Novell Intel 486/Pentium UnixWare 2.02
Sun SPARCstation Solaris 2.4

Getting involved

There are many ways to get involved, but it should be made clear that at the moment there are no pre-compiled binaries available for systems so at the moment all will have to be confident enough to compile from source.

In particular please get in touch if you're interested in the following;

  • Helping us to finish and bug-fix the Linux port
  • Porting or re-porting CDE to various UNIX systems, in particular if you wish to continue supporting the platforms listed above in 'Current State'.
  • Packaging binaries for various systems and Linux distributions.
  • Verifying the translations of CDE into French, German, Spanish and Italian.

You can get in touch with us in the following ways;

We are currently requesting that all contributions to the project are licenced under the MIT licence. Find out why?

Security Note

CDE has had quite a few known security vulnerabilities in it, and it is likely that several more unknown ones still exist.

The following advisories have no traced resolution in this release;

  1. xxxxxx - 1999-11-xx - http://www.cert.org/advisories/CA-1999-11.html
  2. 179804 - 2004-03-23 - http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/179804

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