Deepin desktop Efficient mode

Deepin 15 Alpha 2 (or is it Deepin 2015 Alpha 2?) is the latest pre-stable release of what will become Deepin 15 (or Deepin 2015). It was made available for download and testing yesterday.

Deepin is based on Ubuntu Desktop and developed by some fine folks in China.

Like all Ubuntu-based desktop distributions, the Unity desktop is not the distribution’s desktop environment. That function is filled by Deepin, a desktop environment developed by the same folks working on the distribution. It’s like the Cinnamon desktop from the developers of Linux Mint, but a whole lot better.

I don’t know when the stable edition will be released, so while we wait, here are some screeshots from a test installation to showcase some of the features of this wonderfully-made Linux desktop distribution.

This here is the login screen.

Deepin 2015 login screen
Figure 1: Deepin 2015 alpha login screen

You have a choice of logging into the default session or to a Deepin 2D session.

Deepin 2015 alpha login sessions
Figure 2: Deepin 2015 alpha login session options

The default Deepin desktop. On the default desktop, the dock is said to be in Fashion mode.

Deepin 2015 Deepin desktop
Figure 3: Deepin 2015 alpha Deepin desktop

In this variation, the desktop is in Efficient mode. A third mode – Classic mode, is similar to the Efficient mode, but the icons on the dock are smaller.

Deepin desktop Efficient mode
Figure 4: Deepin 2015 alpha Deepin desktop with the dock in Efficient mode

Deepin desktop comes with a fullscreen application launcher. It’s better than the GNOME Shell’s and Unity’s. The view of the applications on the launcher can be switched to several modes. What you see in Figure 5 is the default.

Deepin desktop application launcher
Figure 5: Deepin 2015 alpha Deepin desktop application launcher

This is the category view of applications on the launcher.

Category view Deepin app launcher
Figure 6: Deepin 2015 alpha Deepin desktop application launcher category view

Like most desktop distributions, it comes with four workspaces or virtual desktops by default. And like most aspects of Deepin, it’s beautifully designed.

Deepin desktop workspaces
Figure 7: Deepin 2015 alpha Deepin desktop workspaces

Out of the box, three Hot Corners are active. All Hot Corners can be enabled and assigned in-situ.

Deepin desktop hot corners
Figure 8: Deepin 2015 alpha Deepin desktop hot corners

What separates Deepin Desktop Environment from other desktop environments, dead or active, is the Control Center. It’s simply the best. Practically every aspect of the system can be modified from the slide-in Control Center.

 Deepin Control Center
Figure 9: Deepin 2015 alpha Deepin Control Center

You can change your avatar.

User avatar on Deepin 2015
Figure 10: Changing user avatar on Deepin 2015 alpha

Modify the default applications.

Default applications Deepin 2015 alpha
Figure 11: Changing default applications on Deepin 2015 alpha

Modify GRUB settings. Changing the GRUB background has never been easier; it’s a simple drag-and-drop operation.

GRUB settings on Deepin 2015 Control Center
Figure 12: GRUB settings on Deepin 2015 Control Center

View and apply available updates. Another cool feature you’ll find in the Control Center, is the Remote Assistance, which I’ve written about at Chrome Remote Desktop is used on Deepin 15 for remote assistance.

 System update Deepin 2015
Figure 13: System update settings from the Control Center of Deepin 2015

For command line wizards, the Quake Guake terminal emulator is integrated into the desktop.

 Quake terminal emulator Deepin 2015
Figure 14: Quake terminal emulator on Deepin 2015

One of the many custom applications you’ll find on Deepin, is Deepin Store, the distribution’s graphical package manager.

Deepin Store graphical package manager
Figure 15: Deepin Store on Deepin 15 alpha 2

A beautiful desktop has to ship with a matching icon theme, which is the case on Deepin 15 alpha 2. I’m looking forward to the release of the stable edition. If you’ll like to test drive this edition before that happens, 32- and 64-bit ISO images are available for download here. You may read the Release Notes here.

File manager Deepin 2015
Figure 16: File manager on Deepin 2015

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10 Responses

  1.,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 back in June at this address:

        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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