Deepin 15: A Beautifully Crafted Linux Distribution for Everyone
Deepin OS is a revolutionary distribution. OK. I’ll stop right there; maybe that was giving a little too much credit. But I’ve got to be honest with you, nothing quite easily blows me away when it comes to Linux distributions as of late.
Deepin 15 specifically is awesome! Installer is dead simple and straight forward that even my grandma could install in on a PC.
This will be my third distribution in a row to review and by far the easiest of them to get working with out of the box. You can go through my last two reviews on Linux here:
I had initially tried Deepin OS some two years back and I was riddled with install problems and stability issues – perhaps was due to the fact that it had just switched to a relatively new Ubuntu base as at then? i couldn’t possibly tell as the particular image of Deepin I tried was tagged as a stable release.
Deepin has changed name and base four times over it’s 12 years of existence; it originally started out as Hiwix 0.1 in February, 2004 with a stacking windows manager called IceWM and Morphix as its base after which they changed their name to Hiweed Linux; this time around, using the Xfce desktop environment and a Debian as the core.
As at version 2.0, Hiweed Linux was now using the LXDE desktop environment with an Ubuntu base and this was in 2008.
They continued with Ubuntu as their base until Deepin 2014.3 while switching through various desktop environments in the process.
They however, initiated the release of their own desktop environment in the year 2013 which was precisely when I first tried Linux but didn’t exactly buy the idea at the time.
DDE – Deepin desktop environment would be the actual name for the GUI interface that shipped with Deepin from three years back and it’s currently at version 2.0 (which debuted with the first point release of Deepin in 2014).
The advantages of Deepin spans across its multiple features that mostly has to do with it Desktop environment.
DDE is no doubt the best thing about Deepin 15 and also the Debian base it’s built on (for a rock-sold experience albeit it’s a slow release cycle) which is to many the best decision they could have made – however, that did come at a price as Deepin 15 will be lacking of the slew of apps that once available to it easily via its inbuilt app store.
Among the features and functionalities that come with Deepin are: a refined DDE, a much easier and straight-forward installer, the switch from an Ubuntu base to Debian sid, Deepin 15 now focuses on internationalization (as it now has over 30 languages to choose from during install).
Deepin now optimizes the desktop experience according to the capability of your hardware, more sound and animation effects have been added to further enhance the DDE experience, Deepin has also reached an important cooperative relationship with Intel in regards the utilization of Crosswalk Project to enable web apps to run naively on its platform and much more.
Other interesting improvements with the Deepin 15 release includes the Linux 4.2 Kernel, change of the HTML5 and WebKit base for the desktop to Qt, and Mutter as the new windows manager.
Bash has now replaced Zsh as the default terminal shell, Upstart replaced by Systemd as seen in Ubuntu 16.04, and GCC 5.3.1 as the base compiler.
The most prominent features of the Deepin Desktop Environment however, are the Panel that can take is customizable in three custom inbuilt looks (Fashion mode, Efficient mode, and Classic mode), a unique Control Center that puts all your settings in one place for easy access, and it’s own set of applications for the most basic things which are Deepin Music Player.
Deepin Media Player, an exceptionally modern Deepin Software Center, Deepin Terminal, Deepin Screenshot, Deepin Cloud (for cloud printing) and a new Deepin User app that lets you report bugs or request new features that you’d like to see in the next iteration of the operating system.
Other noteworthy components/features of Deepin 15/DDE include, hotcorners (that are pre-configured), a newly-defined workspace (called multitasking view), a unique app menu (that you can set by category, time installed, or frequency of use), WPS Office suite, Gdebi Package Installer, a host of beautiful wallpapers, Steam, Crossover (for running Win32 apps), Chrome as the default browser, and more.
The images are self descriptive which in essence is me implying that there’s absolutely no need for a step by step guide as you’ll easily breeze through with the installation without no help.
However, you might want to take note of a few things which include your tool of choice to get the image onto your USB disk.
You have the options of Rufus or the Deepin USB write tool called “Deepin Boot” that can be found inside the image itself – use Winrar, 7zip or Gzip on a Linux system to extract the tool and use it to create a bootable USB.
Also, if you’re looking to install it in a dual-boot configuration, you’ll need to create a separate partition for Deepin from your current operating system first before you proceed with installing.
I’d assume you’ve had a successful install? But just incase you’ve ran into any issues with installing or post-installation, don’t hesitate to comment down below with your problems and we’ll be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.