CDE (Common Desktop Environment) Alternatives

    CDE (Common Desktop Environment) is described as 'The Common Desktop Environment was created by a collaboration of Sun, HP, IBM, DEC, SCO, Fujitsu and Hitachi. Used on a selection of commercial UNIXs, it is now available as open-source software for the first time' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to CDE (Common Desktop Environment) for a variety of platforms, including Linux, BSD, Windows, Mac and postmarketOS. The best alternative is KDE Plasma, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like CDE (Common Desktop Environment) are GNOME (Free, Open Source), Xfce (Free, Open Source), Cinnamon (Free, Open Source) and MATE (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 23, 2021

    1. Emerge Desktop is a replacement Windows "shell" (the desktop environment normally provided by Windows Explorer) for Windows 2000 and above.

      Discontinued

      Emerge Desktop is no longer maintained. Last version, 6.1.3, released in 2012, and the source code are still available on SourceForge

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    2. Bluetile is a tiling window manager for Linux, designed to integrate with the GNOME desktop environment. It provides both a traditional, stacking layout mode as well as tiling layouts where windows are arranged to use the entire screen without overlapping.

      Discontinued

      The last commit on this software is ten years ago and the GNOME desktop has moved on. Notably, it is now difficult to replace the default window manager in GNOME.



    3. Window Maker has a reputation for being fast, efficient and highly stable. Window Maker has been characterized as reproducing "the elegant look and feel of the NeXTstep GUI" and is noted as "easy to configure and easy to use.
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    4. GNUstep's core framework provides open source version of the Cocoa's (formerly known as OpenStep from NeXT) APIs and tools for as many platforms as possible.
    5. Fork of Enlightenment version 17 (commonly called E17) used as the main desktop environment on Bodhi Linux Installing Moksha Requirements: ------------- Dependencies for building under Bodhi: doxygen pkg-config libglib2.
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    6. Lumina is a lightweight, BSD licensed, standards-compliant desktop environment based upon Qt and Fluxbox. It is being developed on PC-BSD, and is being packaged for distribution on the PC-BSD package repository as well.
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    7. KDE 3.5 fork. A computer desktop environment for Unix-like operating systems with a primary goal of retaining the function and form of traditional desktop computers.
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    8. Elokab Desktop Environment is an open-source independent desktop environment for Linux which uses QT libraries like KDE Plasma .
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Ubuntu Kylin
      UKUI is a desktop environment designed and developed by the Ubuntu Kylin team. It can provide Windows-like interactive functions and bring more friendly user experiences. UKUI has entered both .
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Solaris
      Equinox Desktop Environment is simple and small graphical desktop environment for UNIX operating systems
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