Common Desktop Environment (CDE)

CDE, or Common Desktop Environment, is a graphical user interface (GUI) developed by IBM, Sun Microsystems, and Hewlett-Packard for open systems on UNIX platforms.

What is CDE (Common Desktop Environment)?

A graphical user interface (GUI) developed by IBM, Sun Microsystems, and Hewlett-Packard for open systems on UNIX platforms. Common Desktop Environment (CDE) is a paradigm that is widely used in the UNIX industry. CDE is based on various industry standards including the X Window System (X11) release 5, X/OPEN, OSF/Motif 1.2, and others.

CDE is designed to provide users with a simple and consistent desktop interface that includes

  • Standard windows-management features
  • File-system browsing tools supporting multiple views
  • Customizable user interface–management tools for changing backdrops, mouse and keyboard settings, and screen savers
  • Extensive and easily accessed online help features
  • Multiple workspaces for increasing available desktop area