As I continue my tour of different Linux desktop environments, I’m going to start playing with Deepin, or Deepin DE. Let’s see how it works !

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First experience
Deepin greets you with a very simple desktop,, with just a dock at the bottom of the screen. You get the option to use “fashion mode”, which is just a dock at the bottom, with some system indicators such as network or battery life, and system menus, or the “efficient mode”, which resembles Windows, with a task bar, indicators on the right, and a “show desktop menu”.

The panel
It hosts a launcher, which opens a GNOME like grid of all applications installed, a multitasking view shortcut, similar to what the elementary OS one does, spreading all windows for you to see, and showing virtual desktops, and then some application shortcuts.with the Deepin File Manager, Deepin Store, Deepin Music, Deepin Movie, Google CHrome, Control center, and “disk”, which is a handy applet allowing you to see all available disks quickly. You can add app shortcuts just by dragging them to the panel, or by right clikcing its icon when the app is started, and selecting “dock”.

The desktop
With Deepin, the desktop can store files, countrary to GNOME or elementary OS. With a right click, you get the option to create folders or documents, with handy templates already created for office documents, as well as accessing some settings, such as the corner settings, to select hot corner functionnality, from turning off the screen, opening the control center, showing all windows, opening the launcher, or simply showing the desktop.
You can also get to the wallpaper settings through this context menu.

Control center
This is Deepin’s implementation of the system settings. The first thing that you’ll notice, is that it pops up from the right edge of the screen: it’s not an application, with its own window, it’s part notification center, and part control center, ressembling the Mac OS X equivalent, for notifications. It uses transparency and blur efficiently, and looks very good, although since it’s monochrome, it isn’t always easy to use muscle and visual memory to find what you’re looking for. The settings are dispatched into neat categories, and you can just scroll from one category to another, which limits the number of clicks, but can be quite weird at first. I’ll go into more detail about what is available in this control center, but it does look the part and is a new, innovative implementation of settings.

Applications
We’ll go into more details in a separate video, but let’s just say that Deepin likes to bring its own version of stuff. Almost everything, from the file manage,r to the music player, the video player, the application store, the terminal, text editor, calendar, image viewer, sound recorder, even the system monitor and the screenshot tool are custom Deepin applications. They all look quite consistent, with the same stark white theme, window controls on the right, and application menu left of the minimize button.

Windows and desktops
Deepin obviously uses application windows, with controls on the right, which look quite like the windows controls. It keeps the minimize, maximize, and close order, and adds an app menu, which lets you get to some quick options, such as the settings, or shortcuts to create a new window, or exit the application. All default Deepin apps also allow you to select a dark theme on a per-app basis, which persists after closing the window.. This is an awesome touch that I wish other distros would implement.

The overview opens a complete view of all available windows, and virtual desktops, which you can rearrange by drag and drop, and customize with different wallpapers. The whole implementation is very straightforward and nicely animated.

Performance was pretty good. Apps open quickly, the desktop reacts nicely, and all animations ran smooth as butter. Memory consumption seems to be around 1.2 to 1.4 Gb of RAM when Idle, which is high, but not terribly. CPU consumption was altogether very low as well.

To conclude this first tour, I’m impressed with the attention to detail that went into Deepin. The desktop looks great and smooth, everything is nicely animated and uses vivid colors, and the basic features I need from a desktop environment are all very easy to find an comprehensible. Default apps seem nicely built, and apart from some translation hiccups here and there, everything was smooth and clean. With basic but easy to find customization options, the Deepin Desktop Experience is a welcoming one.

I’ll keep using Deepin for the next month or so, taking a tour of the applications, the system settings, the customization options, available software, and so on, so bear with me.

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43 Comments

Ghost Web

May 4, 2020

There's a said:
If you want to buy a gun, be sure was made in Russia, Germany or USA.

In other words:
Covid-19 = China.
Rice and noodles made from plastic bags = China.
Chevy QQ = China.
Chevrolet Spark = China.
Linux Deepin = China.

Got the idea?

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Divine Nature

May 4, 2020

What would come out when windows and Mac have sex

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Taylor Johns

May 4, 2020

It's from a company called Wuhan?
100% will have a virus.

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HickoryDickory86

May 4, 2020

This has to be the most beautiful DE I've ever seen, Linux or otherwise. Very slick, clean, and modern.

Has anyone ever tried the Deepin DE on PopOS? Would really like to know how that worked out. Am planning to move to PopOS eventually but would love to use this DE instead.

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binaryblog

May 4, 2020

The best looking Linux distro imo.

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SPQRxUSAxNUSA

May 4, 2020

Thank you for your video!

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jigga jaw

May 4, 2020

I can't believe people use this lol. The chinese? Are you serious? You do know that this is reporting in to the chinese government, right? ROFL! Some people will use anything.

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May 4, 2020

Has Deepin 15.11 a Dark Mode? If yes, i'm gonna install it ;D

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Berk Can

May 4, 2020

they are deep in UI design xD

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Dwight Parker

May 4, 2020

No way….. the Chinese might be spying on us with this version…..use the Manjaro community edition…….

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José Félix Pérez Jiménez

May 4, 2020

Great polish and elegant Linux distro. It cached my interest.

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Arthur LP

May 4, 2020

Great video. How does GTK and QT apps load? Is the application menu displayed in the same fashion?

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WolfRites

May 4, 2020

Deepin DE is probably the most beautiful and intuitive DE I've used on Linux, with a few weird issues here and there.
The distro itself, though, is .. Not that great. While I like Debian, it's simply too outdated as a base unless you really need a rock solid system you can count on. Their store app is also weird, and searching doesn't provide quite specific enough results. As standard it comes with chrome, but if you want firefox you have three options: Firefox ESR, which is 10 versions behind the latest, currently. But, the app store also, WEIRDLY gives you a Firefox 70, but it's entirely made for China, with standard search set to Baidu, and language set to chinese. This option shouldn't even be there, unless you're located in China. The 3rd option is to download directly from Mozilla which only gives a tar.bz2 archive, any new user will have no clue what to do with it (I'm a linux noob, so while I get the gist, installing it would be too much of a hazzle).

The distro itself feels mostly like it's there to just show off the DDE and Deepin apps (which are great). Sadly DDE doesn't seem particularly viable on other distros, unless you use Arch, which still has issues as far as I'm led to believe. The Ubuntu DDE PPA doesn't seem to maintained anymore.

The final, and probably biggest issue for me, is that even though you create a seperate EFI partition during install, it STILL installs crap onto my Windows UEFI partition.

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Everett McIntire

May 4, 2020

this was more like a sales pitch

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Maged Samuel

May 4, 2020

Is it possible to have the cursor set used in this distro ported to windows 10?

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Dark Realm

May 4, 2020

I installed it and it stuck at 62%..After i cancelled installation it destroyed my bootsector…Now I have to install windows again..#Dualbooting deepin sucks..

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Od1sseas

May 4, 2020

Windows still better

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GreyGeek

May 4, 2020

I noticed on Deepin V20 that the install ISO does not have an option to run as a LiveUSB. So sad.

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HellCattZ

May 4, 2020

Looks Sexy

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Frenzy

May 4, 2020

This is exactly how a true desktop environment should look shout out to the devs on Deepin, you guys are doing a great job!

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Richard Farrey

May 4, 2020

Thank you Huawei. New Market! Let's get more money!!

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The 2nd Gunman

May 4, 2020

Can I get rounded corners in the customizations?

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Afsan Islam

May 4, 2020

Which icon theme are you using buddy? I love that!

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neoplante

May 4, 2020

deepin looks very beautiful more than elementary os.

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My Reviews

May 4, 2020

This looks very nice. I've finally settled on a distro and now I have to use this one. Lol

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Joel Mativet

May 4, 2020

Neat presentation, thanx..!! I don't like Deepin coz it keeps reminding me of Win and Mac… I'm more of a traditional user, so Cinnamon DE is more my thing, but hey, Deepin DE is very neat. the other downfall of Debian based distros is the time lag to new software versions… a job Manjaro does way better.. If I were to chose the Deepin DE, it would be in Manjaro… even if isn't as well implemented as in the Deepin Distro itself, of course…

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Prem Koomr

May 4, 2020

Deepin's an Eye Candy, but not as productive & intuitive as KDE…!

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Kareem Bin Azeem

May 4, 2020

Jokes aside can we all just marvel at the devs who worked for deepin. they realized Linux isn't just a "Pro" operating system only intended to be used by system admins and developers but a new gateway for all people to use and accept as a fully fledged desktop. There is no denying that deepin is the projection of the future of Linux especially now that it's becoming more popular with gamers.

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Fit bit

May 4, 2020

When I searched for the best Linux Desktops recently, I happened to notice Deepin. With some hesitance, I gave it a try (Deepin
15.10.1). To my surprise, it is better than all I have used before: Fedora, CentOS, Ubuntu and its variants. All of them have problems with videos of various formats. LibreOffice with them is bundled with undesirable version of Java. On the other hand, Deepin has everything you need out of box.The default media players work great for both music and videos. WPS Office has much better UI than LibreOffice. You can find a lot of the world best software in one place – Deepin App Store.

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dustboxednorth

May 4, 2020

It's absolutely gorgeous as far as aesthetics and usability go, but I don't see anyone complaining about the semi-broken English (or, in Layman's terms, "Engrish"). I don't know if it's been fixed and I haven't seen the update or if I'm just nit-picky.

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vanden7reish

May 4, 2020

fantastic distribution

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Márton Horcsin

May 4, 2020

Now I´m on Linux Mint, but after watching this video I´m thinking about switching to Deepin, it looks great 🙂

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micheal bolton

May 4, 2020

does anyone has experience running Lightroom or Vegas Pro on Deepin?
cant find much info.

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Ansh David

May 4, 2020

Wait … did he say Chinese! I'll pass on that

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DreamyAbaddon

May 4, 2020

I am struggling between keeping Elementary OS or changing my distro to Deepin. I love my Linux Distro but at the same time I would like to have something new as well. Does Deepin have the same apps as ElementaryOS? Are my apps compatible if I switch?

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Brad Bradson

May 4, 2020

This looks better than every other Linux distro

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Rach77 Rach

May 4, 2020

Splendide
very very good . Thank you

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brambedkar59

May 4, 2020

Which Linux desktop would you recommend for Laptops with switchable graphics (Intel HD 620 + 940mx)?

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Lucifer

May 4, 2020

i want this type of blend in windows 10 😪 windows 10 is inconsistent !

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atilla hun

May 4, 2020

So it’s chipeen ? No thanks.

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hoho Jimmy

May 4, 2020

Im using deepin , it's realy beautiful.

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Hui Chen

May 4, 2020

看到这么炫的画面,我就知道我那办公电脑跑不动,速龙x2 250 4G内存 500G HDD这古董配置顶多也就跑下xfce,然后还能开WPS加开几个网页流畅不卡,不能再多了,再多就不是古董鸡了。家里的笔记本是ubuntu,😂😂😂😂windows有一年半没用过了,Linux桌面用着真是舒服,至少没有让人讨厌的流氓软件,也不用装什么360,更不用装软件时仔细盯着有没有夹带。反正现在都是各玩各个手机,家里人也不怎么用电脑,顶多就是看看视频又不玩游戏,目前Linux桌面完全能满足需求代替windows了!想想十几年前的linux桌面真难用,单单处理下文档就没跟MS office兼容的文档格式,各种驱动也不全。

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675

May 4, 2020

is deepin open source?

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