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What is the Common Desktop Environment (CDE)?

The Common Desktop Environment (CDE) is an integrated graphical user interface for open systems desktop computing. It delivers a single, standard graphical interface for the management of data and files (the graphical desktop) and applications. CDE's primary benefits -- deriving from ease-of-use, consistency, configurability, portability, distributed design, and protection of investment in today's applications -- make open systems desktop computers as easy to use as PCs, but with the added power of local and network resources available at the click of a mouse.

CDE FrontPanel

Users can manage most aspects of their CDE work environment, including multiple workspaces, through objects on the CDE "FrontPanel", pictured here.

CDE for Linux is available from Xi Graphics

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