Ubuntu: Install CDE on Ubuntu


Is it possible that I can I install CDE through apt-get on Ubuntu 14.04 64-Bit? I am really desperate.


It does not appear to be packaged in the Ubuntu archives or in any PPAs, so you will need to build it from source, or create a PPA and package it yourself, to be able to install it, currently.


CDE - The Common Desktop Environment is X Windows desktop environment that was commonly used on commercial UNIX variants such as Sun Solaris, HP-UX and IBM AIX. Developed between 1993 and 1999, it has now been released under an Open Source licence by The Open Group.

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CDE project has detailed build instructions in their wiki.

My understanding is that Linux port of CDE is currently an alpha-quality software and has "quite a few known security vulnerabilities". I'm also not aware of any pre-built .debs or a PPA to install CDE from.

...it should be made clear that at the moment there are no pre-compiled binaries available for systems so at the moment all will have to be confident enough to compile from source


You can apt-get install the package cde-desktop from the Sparky Linux repository, Sparky linux is a derivative of Debian so it should work with some tweaking

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