Linux Deepin is one of my favorite desktop distributions. A Chinese distro that is based on Ubuntu Desktop, it is not just a rebranded Ubuntu desktop, but offers a desktop computing experience different from that of its parent distribution.

Its graphical package manager, music and video players, and a cool screen shot tool, are original to it. While previous editions offered a customized GNOME Shell desktop, the next edition, Linux Deepin 12.12, will ship with a new desktop environment called Depth Desktop Environment (DDE). And the graphical package manager, music and video players, and the screen shot have been spiced up. From what I’ve seen, Deepin fans will be very pleased with DDE and everything else that comes with it.

The first and, most likely, the last alpha edition was released a few days ago. The problem with pre-stable editions of Linux Deepin, is that the ISO installation images are in Chinese only. English-only language user have to wait until the final edition before they can install it. So I tend not to publish any article on an upcoming release until the final edition hits the download mirrors.

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However, there’s something about version 12.12 that begged for an article. Maybe it’s just the cool, new UI or the combination of the UI and Chinese characters that did it. Whatever the reason, here are a few screen shots from a test installation of the alpha release.

Note that DDE is a brand new desktop environment, coded by Linux Deepin’s development team. I guess they were not that happy with their customized GNOME Shell, so they decided to roll their own.

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This is the default UI of DDE.
Deepin 12.12 Desktop

And this is its full screen menu. If you can read the language, have fun translating the menu categories for the rest of us.
Deepin 12.12  App Menu

The team also published a list of keyboard shortcuts, which also just happens to be in Chinese. Again, if can read the language, and have some time to spare, have fun translating for the rest of us.
Deepin 12.12 Shortcuts

And if you want to read what version 12.12 will bring to the table, read the alpha release announcement (in Chinese).

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10 Responses

  1. linuxbsd.com,thanks for your article。

    The DDE not “Depth Desktop Environment”,it‘s “Deepin Desktop Environment”。

    And the DDE not base on GNOME,it base on webkit and html5+js。

    i hope it is useful information for you。

  2. Beautiful distro, worth to download & try, but the D* software looks like have their own theme. Is it compatible with (compiz?) & GTK themes.

  3. Nice review. Is it possible to reduce the panel launcher icon size so they fit within the panel? Then I assume that maximized windows would become flush with the top of the panel? Thanks.

      1. Does this fix not work anymore?

        Activate mini-Dock: Setting the Dock to auto-hide or become invisible looks cool, but it can be annoying, given that it can pop out inadvertently. That’s why I don’t like that setting. My preferred way of dealing with the Dock is to activate the mini version, which comes with application icons that take up less desktop space. To do that, open a shell terminal and type:

        gsettings set com.deepin.dde.dock active-mini-mode true

        Afterall it was posted by linuxbsdos.com back in June at this address:

        http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2013/06/26/how-to-customize-linux-deepin-12-12/

        1. I think there should be a medium mode, or a slider under the Dock setting in System Settings to set a preferred numbered size for the Dock. On a system using 1024,768, mini icons are very small.

        2. For some reason, that method is not encourage by the devs, but that’s all there is. Installing dconf-tools and making the change from there does the same thing.

          They have said that in the next version of DDE, which will be called DDE 2, there will be an option to resize those icons.

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