Jon Trulson notKlaatu Peter Howkins Christopher Turkel Antonis Tsolomitis

CDE can be tricky to build. Here are a list of platforms CDE is known to work on.

Got CDE working on a platform we haven't listed? Share it with us!
Note: This is not a general support email. Such requests should be directed to the mailing list or #cde on Freenode.

1) Supported Platforms

The following platforms are supported. CDE has been built and run on these.

  1. All Official Ubuntu variants 12.04 and on, x86 and x86_64
  2. Debian Squeeze 6.0 32-bit x86, Linux 2.6.32
  3. Xubuntu/Ubuntu Server 12.04 32 bit x86, Linux 3.2.0
  4. Debian Squeeze 6.0 ARMv5el, Linux 3.1.9+ (Raspberry Pi)
  5. Debian Squeeze 6.0 Freescale i.MX51 SoC (Efika MX)
  6. Debian Wheezy and all recent releases, 32 and 64 bit.
  7. Debian Sid
  8. Debian Sid PowerPC 64 bit
  9. Fedora 17
  10. Archlinux
  11. Debian Wheezy Sparc
  12. Red Hat 32 bit, 64 bit and x86_64
  13. FreeBSD 32 and 64 bit
  14. Raspbian (Debian Wheezy) ARMv6hf, Linux 3.1.9+ (Raspberry Pi) (you will also need to compile and install OpenMotif 2.3.3 from source)
  15. Debian Squeeze 6.0 32-bit PowerPC
  16. Slackware 64 bit 13.37
  17. Slackware 64 bit 14.0
  18. Slackware 32 bit 14.0
    Note Slackbuild here for ease of installation:
  19. Ubuntu 12.04-12.10
  20. Ubuntu 13.04-14.04 (As of v2.2.2)
  21. OpenBSD
  22. NetBSD
  23. FreeBSD 9.2
  24. FreeBSD 10.0 (As of v2.2.2: builds with clang by default, can use gcc too)
  25. Ubuntu LTSP (Linux Terminal Server Project), version 12.04 and on (check LTSP notes)

2) Live CDs

  1. CDEbian: (This appears to be dead. Download links all 404)
  2. Parted Magic (CDE iso here:

3) In Progress

The following ports are in progress.

  1. Illumos
  2. DragonflyBSD

4) Does Not Work

CDE may or may not compile on these platforms but will not actually work properly due to, among other things, dthello (the blue splash screen) getting hung up.

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