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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.

Open Source CDE is now available

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