CDE and KDE
The CDE and KDE desktops are Graphical UI’s that provide both users are the administrators the access to the file system through a graphical (icon-based) environment. We can perform all file operations, add devices, run processes etc.,
The CDE environment is one of the original visual desktop environments for UNIX-based systems. While it requires a purchase license, it is still in use on a number of UNIX systems today It has evolved to the point where it is available on Linux systems as well, and an opensource desktop called Xfcewhich is similar to CDE in function-has even been created for the Linux/UNIX environment.
KDE has changed over the years. The application framework has grown both horizontally supporting cross-platform usage and vertically by gaining more users and developers using it. There has been tremendous growth in the Quality Applications that have been developed for the users.
Remember, the best way to learn any desktop interface is through use. While you are learning to move around the CDE or KDE desktop, take advantage of the online help features available within applications as well as the online guides that come with your CDE or KDE distribution.
Useful websites on CDE
The official web site, http://www.opengroup.org/cde/
Sun Microsystem’s site, http://www.sun.com/software/solaris/cde/
HP provides an online HTML document, Getting Started at-
The printable PDF version at
X Window management aspects of CDE-
Useful websites on KDE
The official web site www.kde.org. (you can find online documentation, FAQs, development opportunities etc.,)
Developers check this out http://developer.kde.org, or the KDE developer’s blogs at http://www.kdedevetopers.org/ .
For information about KDE on Solaris UNIX systems try the web page at