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Deepin Linux 15.1 Detailed Review – Digging deep into Linux distro world

Intro

Linux, due to its licensing advantage, any tom, dick and harry can create a distro. There has been lots of distro’s that was born out of great ambitions. Most of the distro’s were trying to lure windows users to Linux by promising greater usability, easy to use but that was not an easy task and thus many didn’t survived. Recently, I noticed a distro slowly rising up in its rank in Distrowatch (rank was 16 at the time of writing this article) and I was curious to check it out. This distro is Deepin Linux and lets see if it got an edge over the other major and minor distro’s in market or is it just another distro.

Let me start with a small intro before getting into the review. Deepin is not really a ‘new’ distro in town. The development of this OS started in 2004 by a Chinese company Wuhan Deepin Technology Co. Ltd (which I guess is quite famous in China) with the help of the community. At that time the name of this distro was Hiwix, which later changed to Hiweed Linux, then to Linux Deepin and now it is just Deepin (yes, Linux is removed from its name). Deepin 15.1, which is been reviewed in this article, is based on Debian (Unstable) while the older versions were on either Ubuntu or Morphix. So with that intro, lets now get to work.

Swaroop Shankar V

2 Comments

  1. Thanks Swaroop for a very honest and enlightening review.

    I’m a disenchanted Windows user of many years. After Windows 10 I started looking for a Linux distro that was “for me”. I’ve tried most others and until Deepin had settled for ZorinOS as the easiest for me to adopt.

    But Deepin has been a real eye opener. Yes the file is large at 2.3GB but Debian is now 3.9GB, PC Linux OS is 3.88GB and most others are around 1-1.5GB. Then again my Windows 7 USB installation is 3GB, so Deepin isn’t too bad.

    I agree with your overall assessment. Deepin is a real refreshing OS visually. So many design elements remind me of my Android tablet that I wonder if the designers got some inspiration from both iPads, iMacs and Android tablets.

    As a new adopter fresh from Windows 7 and 8 I’m finding Deepin about the easiest Linux distro to install and use. I gave up on Debian as I could not get WiFi to function correctly – remember I am a Linux novice – and many others were great until I needed to access my Windows home group, add a printer or perform some other semi technical task. So far Deepin seems to be providing a good job of shielding me from the technical (for me difficult) aspects and spoon feeding me enough to encourage exploration. In this aspect Deepin is very Windows/Mac/Android like.

    I hope I have not incurred to ire of Linux techies, but I do speak from the viewpoint of a new convert. If others look closely at what Deepin provides then I see Linux becoming much more mainstream on many disenchanted Windows users desktops and laptops.

    Deepin is installed on my Samsung NP305v5a-S06AU laptop. Powered by quad core AMD A8-3510MX processor, AMD Radion HD 66206 GPU, 8GB RAM, newly installed 240GB Zenith SSD and 78 mAh battery upgrade. I now get around 3-4 hours on a charge. Deepin response issues are not a problem with the SSD. It dual boots with Windows 7 Home.

    • Thanks for the comment Ian. As you said Deepin can be a substitute for windows. One of the biggest challenge for switching to linux from windows was the availability of application, but nowadays most of the people use web application more than desktop application, so its not really a problem now i feel. So deepin with its visual appeal, easy of use i think it can be a real replacement for windows.
      BTW I really dont think you have incurred the ire of Linux Techies because they are happy to welcome new user onboard 🙂

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