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32BitsOnline: XI Graphics maXimum CDE Developer's Edition

Jan 07, 2000, 07:52 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Five years ago my first attempt at "Real UNIX" was a version of Solaris x86 that used the Open Group's CDE, or the Common Desktop Environment as a GUI. At that time, the Linux desktop left a lot to be desired and, after my first experience with the CDE, I thought that it would become the defacto desktop for all unix and unix variants out there. Silly me. Who knew that in just a few short years the Gnome crew and the KDE folks would redefine desktop functionality for the Linuxistas and the rest of the Freenix afacianados?"

"Like visiting a friend after years apart, I was eager to see what XIG had done with the old stalwart. What I got from my editor was a copy of the MaXimumCDE/OS - the desktop software and XIG's version of Linux. The real bonus, however, is the Motif Developer's Kit that comes on the second cdrom. Included with THAT is the motif runtime libraries, the widgits and a couple of demos so you can see what the kit is capable of."

"I did a little investigation on the Open Group's website and found that Motif can function on more than 200 different platforms using gui's created from the Developer's Toolkit. This means that an application GUI developed on CDE with Linux can probably be deployed across the spectrum of " Real Unix." This is a great thing for developers who need to interface with legacy systems like those from SUN and HP. One thing that some Linux users have squalked about is the lack of drag-n-drop between apps in the XF86/ Linux combination. In Motif-based windowing systems this is a trivial exercise - almost a reason to switch. The widgets available have some object-oriented properties available to them, too. The resources available to one superset of widgets can be inherited by other widgets, or new definitions can be written by the user."

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