Deepin OS is among the most awesome Operating Systems in the world, period. The Debian-based distro has successfully won the hearts of everybody that I know has used it for over a day and its latest release (in the form of version 15.7) brings so many improvements I could have a field day reviewing them all.
If you are not already familiar with this OS then don’t skip this article.
Deepin OS is an open-source, Debian-based desktop distribution whose aim is to provide users with a beautiful, security-conscious, and user-friendly Operating System. It was initially based on Ubuntu until the release of its current major version, 15 when it switched to model Debian.
As at the time of writing, it sits at #28 on Distrowatch and has a 9/10 rating out of 301 reviews with approx. 325 hits per day.
Deepin Installation & Setup
Installing Deepin is a breeze and it is easy to start liking the OS at this stage. You get to use an installation media like you would for an Ubuntu or Debian ISO file and the steps are straightforward.
When you boot into the OS you are welcomed by an animated introduction panel that gives you an overview of Deepin’s UI, modes, and coolest features; and allows you a little bit of customization. Needless to say, the presentation is 10/10.
Deepin Desktop Environment
Deepin uses a custom-built, Qt 5 toolkit-based DE naturally called the Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE) and it features a beautiful UI with a lot of attention to detail.
It comes with its set of applications including the DPlayer, DMusic, Deepin System Monitor, etc.
Given its modern design approach and features like a start menu reminiscent of Windows 7, a translucent UI similar to that in Windows 10 with tab sections and an app overview similar to macOS, Deepin easily steps in as an alternative to using Windows and macOS.
Deepin Default Applications
Deepin comes preinstalled with a number of applications that enable the OS maintain a consistent UI/UX throughout and even cooler is the fact that all the applications work efficiently.
Deepin’s application set includes Deepin file manager, Deepin Music, Deepin Manual, Deepin Screen Recorder, Deepin Voice Recorder, WPS Office Suite, Google Chrome, Deepin Movie, Deepin colour picker, Deepin font installer, Thunderbird Mail, and Deepin System Monitor.
The Deepin app store is a beautiful avenue for managing your applications easily. Like any app store, you can search and browse for applications, check app categories, and read app details. What’s cool about the app is that you are free to make donations to both open-source and closed-source applications in the spirit of respecting the labour that developers put into their projects.
You can recommend applications to the featured section of the store and update old apps according to your requirements.
What’s New in Deepin 15.7
A New Version Number & Update Strategy
Deepin 15.7 is a milestone in the development process and among the reasons why is the new version number and upgrade strategy with the version number following the format: x.y.z.
X refers to the main version number – currently 15, whose development began in 2015.
Y represents the subversion number, currently 7, and it is updated every 3 months. Y is either even or odd. An odd number signifies that the update focuses on stability enhancement and system optimization, while an even number signifies that the updates are focused on feature updates.
Z represents the minor version number and will be used whenever there are important system updates between the X and Y versions and they can be as many as 2 z versions.
With that being said, Deepin 15.7 signifies that the current release began development in 2015 and has currently released a subversion that focuses on system optimization and stability enhancement.
Of course, feature updates and system optimization passes will be present in every new release.
Configurations & ISO Size Reduction
Deepin OS is now optimized to work with at least 2 GB RAM with an Intel Pentium G3250 @ 3.20GHz dual core.
The basic standard configuration is 8 GB RAM with an Intel 4th Core i5-4460 @ 3.20GHz quad-core.
Although there are more features in the current release, the list of pre-installed apps has been revised to remove clutter; making the ISO image size to drop from 3.1 GB to 2.5 GB – a 19.3% decrease!
Power & Memory Optimization
You can now enjoy power saving mode which turns on automatically when on battery power – a feature that will extend your standby time by 20%.
The development team has made a series of tweaks in memory usage that enable Deepin to use 24.5% less RAM than its predecessor as it uses 830 MB and longer 1.1 GB.
- Deepin OS automatically divides the disk into a reasonable swap partition to support system hibernation, a
/homepartition, and an independent
- The launcher now supports using the Tab key to navigate the menu area and includes app categories in mini mode.
- Added NVIDIA-PRIME solution.
- The dock now features a better network plugin, preview mode, loading mechanism, and animation when launching apps.
- The control centre features a better scrolling effect and system volume
- The desktop features an optimized effect when switching between workspaces.
- Added animations to the login and unlock password dialogue box
- Optimized login animation and keyboard layouts.
Deepin 15.7 also brought important bug fixes including memory leakage caused by wallpapers, the drag and drop issue with the Font installer, and the blank OSD when adjusting brightness and volume levels.
There are more changes included in Deepin 15.7 and you can check them out yourself here.
Left to me, I think you should just go ahead and take this beauty for a test drive.
Deepin offers an excellent desktop right out of the box with a file manager that supports smb and file tagging, a movie player capable of playing virtually any video format that you throw at it without the need to install extra codecs or VLC, an elegant music player, and a memory-friendly-yet-efficient performance, and a consistent design philosophy.
If you are looking for a Linux distro to use, Deepin is definielty worth a try.
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You will be receiving over 1 GB of updates if you’re upgrading from an earlier version to 15.7 because it fully synchronizes the latest repository components of upstream Debian.
Exercise some patience till the upgrade is complete before you unplug your power or shut the system down.