About Common Desktop Environment (CDE)
Common Desktop Environment (CDE) is an easy-to use graphical interface that provides a consistent look and feel across UNIX environments. To help you organize and manage your work, the desktop provides windows, workspaces, controls, menus, and the Front Panel. These objects provide a new standard for user and application interfaces based on the X Window System and Motif.
CDE has more features and functionality than Open Windows or X Windows and has a much friendlier user interface. To use CDE, type in your username and password as prompted in the Desktop Login box.
Once you login, you will see a
Terminal window and
Console window. You can execute UNIX commands
Terminal window. The
Console window will
display system messages to you. You will also see a
Front Panel with several icons across the bottom of
Desktop Window Manager (dtwm)
The dtwm window manager is an integral part of the
CDE. It communicates with and facilitates access to
other components in the environment, such as the
Session Manager (dtsession) and the
(dtstyle). Many other components are started through
interactions with the
The dtwm window manager includes functions that facilitate control (by the user and the programmer) of elements of window state such as placement, size, icon/normal display, and input-focus ownership.
In addition, dtwm provides workspace management.
Workspaces provide a way of grouping together
logically related windows. Each workspace is shown
independent of the other workspaces so that only
those windows related to the immediate task are
visible. Workspaces give you a tool to organize
windows by task and make efficient use of screen real
Tour of the Front Panel
The default front panel includes the following controls. Since it can be customized, your
Front Panel may contain
additional or different controls. These terms are used to describe controls:
- Click - What happens when you click the control
- Drop - What happens when you drag and drop a file or folder icon onto the control
- Indicator - What the image of the control represents
Running other windowing environments instead of CDE
GNOME, from the
Options menu on
the Desktop Login box, select
Session and then
GNOME. Then type in your username and password
as prompted in the Desktop Login box. Please refer to the GNOME
documentation for more information.
For help on CDE, click on the
Help Manager. It will
bring up the Help Viewer window. Select the topic
Environment. For further questions, please please contact the Customer Support Center via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 213-740-5555.
August 31, 2011