There is a new desktop available for Sparkers: NsCDE

What is NsCDE?

Not so Common Desktop Environment (NsCDE) is a retro but powerful (kind of) UNIX desktop environment which resembles CDE look (and partially feel) but with a more powerful and flexible framework beneath-the-surface, more suited for 21st century unix-like and Linux systems and user requirements than original CDE.
NsCDE can be considered as a heavyweight FVWM theme on steroids, but combined with a couple other free software components and custom FVWM applications and a lot of configuration, NsCDE can be considered a lightweight hybrid desktop environment.


sudo apt update
sudo apt install nscde-desktop

or via APTus-> Desktop tab -> NsCDE icon

It can be installed on all Sparky editions, means: Sparky 4/5/6 amd64/i386/armhf.

It is a release candidate 21, build and works ok on amd64, but the workspace switcher doesn’t load on i386 and ARMHF so far.


Copyright: “Hegel3DReloaded”
License: GNU GPL 3


CDE – Common Desktop Environment


There is a new desktop available for Sparkers now: CDE.

From Wikipedia:

The Common Desktop Environment (CDE) is a desktop environment for Unix and OpenVMS, based on the Motif widget toolkit. It was part of the UNIX98 Workstation Product Standard, and was long the “classic” Unix desktop associated with commercial Unix workstations.

After a long history as proprietary software, CDE was released as free software on 6 August 2012, under the GNU Lesser General Public License, version 2 or later. Since its release as free software, CDE has been ported to Linux and BSD derivatives.

CDE is offered from the project page as a source package to be downloaded, compiled and installed on your own. The latest version 2.2.4 was released in June 2016.

Binary files of CDE are available in Sparky repository. Source packages (dsc, orig) are not available, due to problems with building.


1. APT:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cde-desktop

2. APTus:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sparky-aptus sparky-desktop

Then install CDE via APTus from the Menu-> System-> APTus-> Desktop-> CDE

3. Fresh system installation via Sparky MinimalGUI/MinimalCLI 4.4 iso image (and Sparky Advanced Installer).

I recommend the Common Desktop Environment for didactic and learning purpose only.
Its archaic design does not resemble today’s desktops, but it’s my private opinion only.