The Common Desktop Environment, the classic UNIX desktop
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The Common Desktop Environment is released under the terms of the LGPL
V.2 license. You may reuse and redistribute this code under the terms
of this license. See the COPYING file for details.

Purpose of this release:

This release of CDE under a new opensource license is numbered
starting at version 2.2.0.

Downloading this release:

CDE may be downloaded in source form from the Common Desktop
Environment website:

Or via git:

git clone git:// cdesktopenv-code

The git repository will always be more up to date than the
downloadable tarballs we make available, so if you have problems,
please try the latest version from git master.

Installing this release:

Complete build and installation instructions can be found on the CDE

Please go there and read the appropriate section(s) for your OS (Linux
or FreeBSD/OpenBSD/NetBSD currently). There are a variety of
dependancies that must be met, as well as specific set up steps
required to build.

Do not expect to just type 'make' and have it actually work without
meeting the prerequisites and following the correct steps as spelled
out on the wiki. :)

There are also a lot of other documents and information there that you
might find useful.


You can join the development mailing list here:

There is a CDE IRC channel on, channel #cde

Bug reports and patches encouraged.