A look at the CDE UNIX desktop running on Debian.

Posted: July 17, 2014. At: 9:30 AM. This was 4 years ago. Post ID: 7532
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I have recently had a look at the CDE desktop running on Debian. This is an old but good desktop environment that allows a user to make the best use of their computer. I found a Linux distribution named CDebian that is a distribution of Debian as a Live CD that includes the CDE desktop and login manager. Below is a screenshot of the CDE desktop.

The CDE desktop running on Debian.
The CDE desktop running on Debian.

And this is the control panel that enables a user to change the wallpaper and set the screensaver they desire.

CDE control panel open.
CDE control panel open.

Selecting a wallpaper for the CDE desktop. There are not many wallpapers distributed with CDE.

Selecting a wallpaper.
Selecting a wallpaper.

The CDE desktop also has a good selection of screensavers that are available to make your idle screen pretty.

Selecting the desired screensaver in CDE.
Selecting the desired screensaver in CDE.

The Live CD I am using is based on 2.6.32 and uses the CDE desktop. I have uploaded this to Google Drive as the only other download mirror I could find had a 52 kilobits per second download speed.

Download the ISO image here: CDebian ISO.

Username: cdeuser
Password: cde

Use sudo to access a root prompt. The root password is: HarlemShake!.

The handles at each end of the CDE toolbar allow you to drag it around the screen and position it wherever you wish. This is a very good feature. Just the thing that the modern Unity desktop sorely needs. I wish that CDE was available for Ubuntu and Linux Mint. A CDE respin of Ubuntu would be a very popular download. Anyway, this ISO works very well in VMware workstation and is well worth a look if you want to try out the CDE desktop for yourself.

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