5 Reasons Why New Linux Users Will Love Deepin

Technologically speaking, Ubuntu is a pretty good Linux distribution. But sometimes you might wish that the user experience in Ubuntu could be better. There are plenty of Ubuntu-based derivatives that try to solve this problem in their own ways, but one distribution that’s gaining some special attention is Deepin.

Interested? Here are five reasons why you should try Deepin, especially if you’re new to Linux.

Based On Ubuntu

First off, Deepin is based on Ubuntu, which provides many under-the-hood benefits. Since Ubuntu and Ubuntu-based distributions are widely used across the Linux community, you’ll know that all packages are supported and updates are guaranteed (especially security updates). Additionally, any packages that you find online that are made for Ubuntu can be installed in Deepin without any worries at all. While Deepin might not be very popular, you can feel good using it.

Deepin’s Own Desktop Environment

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One of the biggest benefits of using Deepin is that it doesn’t have the Unity desktop environment that Ubuntu uses. Instead, Deepin has its own desktop environment under the same name that provides an extremely simple, elegant design. The high amount of simplicity won’t be much of a turn-on for more experienced Linux users, but it’s perfect for beginners where less is more. Plus it looks good and is intuitive.

The desktop environment just has a dock along the bottom of the screen, which holds shortcuts for your favorite applications as well as indicators for things like network, sound, and battery.

For the nerds, you may like to know this desktop environment has been rewritten in HTML5 and Go languages, which makes it very modern and easy to manage.

Custom App Store

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Deepin also has its own custom app store, which in my opinion looks better than the Ubuntu App Store. You have a lot of categories on the left side; “Upgrade”, “Uninstall”, and “Installation” tabs along the top, and then a nice display of various featured applications.

Clicking on an application will fetch a description and screenshots. It’s easy to browse and install software with this, which is also important for new Linux users.

Custom System Settings

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The custom system settings dialog in Deepin makes looking at system settings much less intimidating. Launching the system settings just displays a panel that appears from the right side of the screen. It will then display various categories, each of which will show simple and elegant configurable options. This is easily my most favorite system settings implementation, and it’ll be a joy to use for anyone.

Custom Installer

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In line with simplicity and elegance, the custom installer (which installs the distribution onto your hard drive) is perfect for new Linux users. All you have to do is type in a username, a name for the computer, your password, and then choose which hard drive you want Deepin to be installed on. That’s it — it’ll take care of the rest.

Of course, when you choose which hard drive to install to, there’s also an expert mode so that you can do a few other things such as specify where the bootloader should be installed and perform some partitioning. However, it defaults to simple mode so new Linux users won’t have to worry about all that.

Installation

Getting started is easy enough — just download the ISO image file, write it to a USB drive, and then configure your BIOS to boot from the USB drive rather than your normal hard drive. You’ll be trying out Deepin in a live environment where you can play around with it as much as you want and it won’t make any permanent changes to your computer.

Thoughts On Deepin

As you can see, Deepin is a very interesting Linux distribution to try out, especially if you haven’t tried out Linux before. It’ll be interesting to see how this distribution progresses, and I seriously hope that it gets more popular because it definitely has the potential to be huge. More people just need to know about it.

What are your thoughts about Deepin? Do you think Deepin is a good choice for new Linux users? Let us know in the comments!

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Ken DeVries

Thought I’d try this out and started downloading it by bittorrent (Transmission in Xubuntu). Surprisingly, it shoved all my other torrents aside and is ignoring my speed limits, even though I have gone in and reset them. I wonder how it does that. If you are okay with this, then it’s cool, but I thought I would mention it in case that’s a problem for somebody.

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UrMom

Sounds like a problem may exist between your keyboard and chair.

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Ken D

Please…

comment constructively,
stay on the subject of the article, and
respect the opinions of others

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ReadandShare

Curious… can folks familiar with Deepin share some disadvantages of using Deepin — vs. others, such as Ubuntu or Mint?

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ReadandShare

Never mind. I found more info… question answered.

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Tareim

care to share the more info you found?

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ReadandShare

One more question… again, curious, is Deepin from China? Nothing for or against the country, just curious?

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Geert Vancompernolle

Yep:

Room 203, Wenxin Building, Optics Valley Core Center, Optics Valley Avenue
Wuhan, China

© 2011-2014 Wuhan Deepin Technology Co.,Ltd.

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Richard O

Looking at the website, they are China-based, yes.

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Ryan

The “custom” app store looks identical to the original program. Is it as much of a resource hog, though?

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Anomaly

Yes Deepin is a Chinese distro.

One problem I have with it is that the newest version completely changed the desktop environment. You try out Deepin because it’s a nice distro than they go a totally change it. Why!!! are they taking lessons from the morons at Google?

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Ken DeVries

I’ve tried Deepin now and it is gorgeous and very well-designed. I have a Dell Mini 1210 that I use for watching movies and light web browsing, and it needs a really stripped down linux OS to be able to function. It’s kind of the ultimate test for a minimal OS and even optimized distros like Lubuntu won’t work on it. I have been using JoliOS because it is cloud-based, doesn’t dump a lot of stuff like an office suite onto your drive, and everything works without having to search for drivers or mess around in terminal. Sadly, Deepin is too much for it – it’s jerky and very slow, and the movie player won’t recognize the external drive I keep my movies on. If I had a slightly smarter machine, a MacBook 4,1 for example, this would definitely be high on my list of options, but I’m not able to use it with the strict limitations I enjoy working with. Still, 4/5 stars for elegance and style.

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Ted

Try Linux Lite 2.0 It works great on a old Dell laptop with only 512Mb ram.

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ryuken

I have no problems with unity or ubuntu user experience. I don’t understand why one has to bash ubuntu to make others look good? Deepin is cute and all but offers nothing new in terms of UI. Same KDE/Mint/MATE style stuff.

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Frozenx

Daniel I thought you didn’t actually install it in a real machine right? If you did that you will knew it is full of bugs, it breaks constantly (IMHO even Arch is more stable than it), the DE is much like for showcasing than being functionality. I’m not the only one who thought this, there was a bunch of Deepin users complaining in the offical forum (Chinese) every day.

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michaeljtobias

Yep. I had this experience. It was pretty, but slow and buggy on my system.

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Bruce Barnes

I tried it too on a nettop computer with an Intel Atom 330 processor and 2GB RAM and I found it beautiful in concept but buggy in operation. Maybe the next version will be better but meanwhile Linux Lite 2.0 runs great on that hardware.

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Tim

I’m trying out a distro called elementary os a an Ubuntu-based desktop distribution.
It looks a lot like this one. works great for me so far.

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Guntis

I tried elementaryOS…
Linux Lite is better

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Donald C

I’ve used elementaryOS and loved it. It was a great machine for a windoez replacement. I would not recommend Deepin, way too buggy. Many other distros that fit the bill better and are smoother.

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Tim B

Site must be down I get a 404 error when I go to download

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jimvandamme

I don’t like docks. I like the “old-fashioned” but useable menu systems and solidity of Mint and Zorin. I could get along with openSUSE’s KDE or Bodhi’s E17. On an old machine, Puppy.

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Marjorie_B

Me too — I really don’t like this Mac-imitation with a huge row of icons bulging out at the bottom. A menu shouldn’t be visible 99% of the time, and the old Windows / Mint etc version is still best at doing that. KDE’s menu is great but I can’t use it on this 7-year-old Dell.

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George M

Buggy beast, I am back on Mint and it is smoking. Sorry deepen, get to squashing and speed up the update servers, for real!

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pmshah

Would it trash my current boot manager and MBR, I wonder. Honestly, ever since the advent of GRUB I am really scared to try any more versions of Linux.

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Greg Harper

Been using Linux for twenty years now starting with Redhat then going to Mandriva ( Mandrake) with Knoppix and Mint early versions sprinkled in. Finally picked up with Mageia and have had no problems whatsoever with it and except for some old windoze programs I have that don’t like wine I’d finally quit dual booting with Win 7. Win 7 gives me fits sometimes after updates. I think they purposely find ways to screw the system up so you can waste time trying to fix it. Go figure. Mageia has been the most trouble free desktop I’ve used yet in Linux ( or Windows for that matter) with good consistent updating and a plethora of apps.

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Danny S

My dad once made me try out Mandrake Linux before I was even interested in Linux. I feel like that was maybe around 2005-2006, but I’m not sure. I personally didn’t have fond memories of it because I was an 11 year old used to Windows, but other Linux users seem to have good memories of it.

I like Mageia but it never really grabbed my attention.

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donespo

I’ve been using Ubuntu since the introduction of v4.10 (except for a brief foray with Mint v11 or 12 when Unity first came out). Never saw a need to switch, though I have downloaded and tried out other flavors based on recommendations in articles like this. Some were good and some were terrible but, in the end, all were just brief flings. I recently built a desktop for my grandson and might have considered installing Deepin if I’d know about it. I did try Puppy thinking I’d start him out with something simple but after a few days messing around with it I wiped the drive and installed Ubuntu. Turns out I didn’t have to worry about simplicity after all. Of course, he has the advantage of being a fearless 8 year old so he’ll probably be offering me tech support before too long.

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No Way

Drywall, baby formula, if you like the NSA you will love Deepin…

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Eduard L

Ok, did nobody notice their extremely bad English? And even though it’s extremely beautiful, it’s also slow. So it’s a no-go. Gonna stick with Xubuntu.

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James

My experience: unless you can read Chinese – Forget it

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Hector G

My experience, installing Deepin was painless. I used VM Ware 10, and and now no problem. Has far as either dual booting, or I use Grub and at the present moment have had no problems, dual booting. Been using Linux, since RedHat. And yes it’s Chinese and bad English, but easy to use. Would recommend for someone using Windows xp, and has a old pc, or laptop, and does not want to part with it.

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Rusty Raptor

>first off deepin is based off Ubuntu

nope

we have mint for that. Come back when you are debian based.

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Ken D

My Xubuntu distro kept wanting me to upgrade and it started getting funky about updating things so I finally installed Deepin today. It took about two minutes to install. I commented above about trying it on a not-very-brainy laptop and having problems, but on my big box it seems fine. The movie player doesn’t seem to want to show subtitles but once I figured out the basics of navigation I had not trouble locating and playing any movie. I also had no trouble installing the bittorrent client Transmission and getting it up and running. The only thing it doesn’t seem to want to do is download vlc or firefox so I will just go with the native apps for a while. It’s only the first day, but I like it a lot. If something terrible happens I will post an update. So far, so good.

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Ken D

I am beginning to see how this could be really good for a beginner with few demands, but unfortunately that isn’t me. The real dealbreakers here are the inability to install software like Calibre, Gimp, Firefox, VLC etc, and the fact that the Chrome browser seems to spontaneously choose to black out on certain pages. I ran update and upgrade from terminal, another thing the average person wouldn’t know to do, to see if that resolved some of the dependency problems that prevented installation of software, and it broke the desktop. Not good. I really like the parts of Deepin that work, and I think if you want something for your mom it would be good, but I think I am going to try something else in a few days. If it all worked as it ought to I would certainly stay with it longer.

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Ken D

I’m changing my story again. I finally got GIMP to install through terminal, and that was the biggest unfulfilled need I had. I am going to stay with Deepin for a while unless it does something really crazy. I liked it from the first moment – some supposedly simple or minimal systems, like Bodhi for example, have too many flashy or offbeat features you have to figure out or work around to get to a functional state. I think I can work with Deepin because it mostly stays out of the way. The multiple workspaces are a well-kept secret which work with ctrl-alt and the arrow keys. It’s not a perfect system but I find it is imperfect in ways I can deal with. I hope all this babbling becomes useful to someone someday, as it is probably the most in-depth user experience with the system online right now. Good luck, everybody!

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Jeff

i cant get past the install everytime I install it never loads or takes me to the grub and then I don’t know what to do when I hit the esc button and try to boot from where it says linuxdeepin it then tells me there is no bootable media to boot from or some crap this is the biggest pain in the but Linux distro that I have ever dealt with. I have even tried partitioning the drive myself but not sure that I am doing that correct either but in every other Linux that I have used they at least do all that for you this distro doesn’t do that even though it says it does it doesn’t do it correctly apparently or it would load correct when I reboot and it doesn’t. So I am not to thrilled about this one I think someone missed the mark big time.

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steve

Are there any options to the bottom dock? – is it possible to remove it without having to make debilitating compromises elsewhere?… (as in Elementary)The article was enjoyable its just that i have trouble with distros that seem to want to clone aspects of Apple’s desktop.

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