Linux Deepin is a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu. The latest edition, Linux Deepin 12.06, which is based on Ubuntu Desktop 12.04, was released – depending on your time zone – yesterday or today.

Linux Deepin is one of the very few distributions that use the GNOME 3 desktop that I will gladly recommend to anybody, even first time users of Linux. It is probably the best Ubuntu-based distribution, and in many respects, it is even better than its parent distribution.

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While a detailed review and other how-to articles on this latest release are still in the works, here are a few screen shots from a test installation for your viewing pleasure.

The default desktop.
Linux Deepin 12.06 Desktop

Yep, the panel can be moved, in two mouse-clicks, to the bottom.
Linux Deepin 12.06 Panel Bottom

Mission Control.
Linux Deepin 12.06 Activities

Partial list of installed applications.
Linux Deepin 12.06 Applications

Deepin Music Player.
Linux Deepin 12.06 Music Player

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Deepin Media Player. Plays music and video files, with a video screen shot feature.
Linux Deepin 12.06 Media Player

Deepin Software Center. One of the very best graphical package managers. Better than most you have ever used.
Linux Deepin 12.06 Software Center

And like virtually all Deepin-developed applications, it comes with a set of skins.
Linux Deepin 12.06 Software Center

The default desktop in Fallback mode.
Linux Deepin 12.06 Fallback Mode

Linux Deepin comes to us from China. You may download an installation image from here.


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11 Responses

  1. Please help me, I see that there is no efi partitions available all are primary NTFS. And instead of uefi, it is already selected in boot loader.

    1. What is “already selected in boot loader”?

      If you don’t see a partition of Type efi, then the system was likely installed on MBR partitions. If possible list the partitions you see there.

  2. Hello! I have a question regarding the partition process.
    When entering expert mode, my Dev/sda2 appears in ntfs mode, while my Dev/sda1 appears in efi mode. Does this mean i should change the Dev/sda2 to efi ?
    Thanks in advance

      1. ok, so I’m supposed to install the grub in the sda1? Sorry for the question I’m still getting started with these things, just double-checking.

  3. I have an updated win 10 from win8.1 , on one hard-drive. I would like to try to load deepin on available space, on that drive. I added another hard drive with Ubuntu 14.4, which don’t think I like it that much. I still have much to learn, but my question is if I load deepin on first drive, will I still be able to boot and see them all, or maybe just erase Ubuntu and load deepin on second drive. I have made backup discs for win 10. Not sure if they will work and don’t really want to find out. Any comments appreciated. Kevin C
    I know this isn’t really a comment, let me know if not appropriate, thanks

    1. Questions and comments are always welcome.

      Since you have two hard drives, with another Linux distribution on the secoend drive, the best option is to install Deepin alongside Ubuntu on the second drive. Just be sure to install GRUB in the EFI Boot Partition of that drive.

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