Information Library for Solaris 2.6 (Intel Platform Edition)


The Solaris 2.6 release has the Common Desktop Environment (CDE) as the default desktop. It continues to support the OpenWindows desktop.

Common Desktop Environment

The Solaris Common Desktop Environment (CDE) is an advanced Motif-based desktop with an easy-to-use interface that provides a consistent look and feel across UNIX platforms. SunSoft, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM Corporation, and Novell, Inc. each contributed technologies to establish a new cross-platform standard for user and application interfaces based on the X Window System and Motif.

While maintaining compliance with the CDE standards, Solaris CDE offers additional benefits to its users and developers, including performance improvements and significant defect fixes, thus providing a higher quality product. Existing OpenWindows utilities were integrated with CDE via a special folder in Application Manager. New features include a spell checker and an image viewer to display, rotate, scale, and convert graphic images and PostScript files.

With Solaris CDE you can run OpenWindows applications without modification, with drag-and-drop interaction from OpenWindows applications to CDE applications. All OpenWindows and OPEN LOOK applications run without any need for modification, recompilation, or unwieldy compatibility libraries. If you are used to the OpenWindows environment, you have access to the familiar backdrops, color palettes, and pop-up Workspace menu.

CDE User Environment

The CDE user environment includes the following features:

CDE Development Environment

The CDE 1.2 Development Environment is included in optional packages for users who develop software in CDE. These packages contain:

Significant CDE Application Features

Power Management for SPARC Desktop Systems

Power Management software enables users to be more frugal with power consumption on desktop systems when they are not being used. By default, UltraSPARC desktop systems power off when not used for 30 minutes. The system can later be restored by Power Management software to the state it was in before it was powered off. Users can modify or turn off Power Management if needed.

For more information, see Using Power Management.

OpenWindows 3.6 Environment

The OpenWindows 3.6 desktop and libraries have been updated with bug fixes and prepared for the year 2000. The OpenWindows 3.6 environment provides the following features:

The X server is a program that is the foundation for the OpenWindows environment. It is the X11R6 sample server with a Display PostScript (DPS) imaging system extension. The X server also includes several X extensions, a font server 0 and DPS font enhancements:

For more information, see the Xsun(1)(), Xserver(1)(), and X11(7)() man pages.

New User Locales in the Solaris 2.6 CD

All localized versions of Solaris, including English, includes the new local support listed in Table 3-2.

Table 3-2 New User Locales Included in Solaris 2.6



ISO Code Set 


de_AT (German Partial Locale)





























These locales are supported through the SUNWploc1, SUNWplow1, and SUNWpldte packages, which are part of the Entire cluster.

Two locales, Greek and Russian, are based on non-Latin scripts and require an optional SMCC keyboard for text input.

Unicode 2.0 Support

Two locals, which are Unicode 2.0 and ISO 10646 compliant, have been added. These locales enable multiscript input and output and are the first locales provided in the Solaris environment with this capability. These locales support the CDE environment only, including the Motif and CDE libraries.

Font Administration

Font Admin enables easy installation and usage of fonts for the X Window System. It supports TrueType, Type0, Type1, and CID fonts for multibyte languages, and provides comparative font preview capability. It is fully integrated into the CDE desktop.

TrueType fonts are supported through X and DPS. Font Admin allows for easy installation and integration of third party fonts into the Solaris environment.

For more information, see the X/Open web site at

Asian Language Enhancements

Solaris 2.6 software has been re-architected to the historical dependency on the Extended UNIX Codeset (EUC). Additional codeset support and locales for popular Asian PC encoding standards, ShiftJIS (PCK) in Japan, Big5 in PRC, and Johap in Korea are also provided. These locales support the CDE environment only, including the Motif and CDE libraries.

Solaris User Registration

Solaris User Registration is a registration mechanism invoked when the user first brings up the Solaris 2.6 desktop environment. By registering, customers can take advantage of Sun's commitment to providing superior service and support. Registered users will be regularly informed about new Solaris releases, upgrade offers, and promotions that they can use to enhance their systems.