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

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    Are you sure you're talking about CDE (a desktop environment developed in 1990th and not widely used anymore) and not KDE? Your user avatar looks like a default background of one of previous versions of KDE.
    – Sergey
    Sep 29, 2014 at 0:01

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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


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.


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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    Can you post more information on how to do that? maybe a PPA link? Jul 5, 2017 at 5:43
  • @SumeetDeshmukh Sorry for the late response but you can find instructions on setting up the repo here
    – Ljayvee6
    Oct 22, 2017 at 5:13

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