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

Installation

My experience with Linux starts with Red Hat 9 and since then I have seen how Linux has evolved. I have used SuSE (now opensuse), Fedora, Mandrake, Xandros, Freespire, Linspire, Ubuntu (and its derivatives) etc and have seen that every vendor tried their best to make the installation painless for end users, but that has not been the case every time. So here let us see if Deepin installer lives up to its claim.

Deepin Boot Maker

Deepin Boot Maker

I downloaded  Deepin 15.1 version from Deepin official website and the ISO size was around 2.1 GB. They do not provide a torrent option (or I didn’t see such an option). Deepin provides a deepin boot maker, which I used to create a bootable USB and it worked flawlessly. I also found that this software can be used to create bootable USB for other distro’s. I tried with Elementary OS, Zorin OS, Mint Linux and everything just worked. This software is available for Windows, Linux and Mac.

When I booted from USB, I was surprised to see that there was no option to boot into live environment but directly took me to the installation screen. It would have been definitely a nice feature to have and will help people to get a feel of the distro or test the hardware support before they install. Nevertheless the installation screen as said above is the most beautiful screen I have every seen in any Operating system.

The installation starts with a language selection. Deepin supports over 60 languages which is quite good considering the fact that the distro is from China. Once the language is selected then next screen presented is to enter the user details and password. This screen is quite similar to the screen seen on other distro’s. Once this is completed the next option is to select the partition were the OS needs to be installed. Here we are provided with two options Simple Mode and Expert Mode. In simple mode, the OS suggests you the partition were the installation can be performed which should be sufficient for new linux user. In expert mode, the user can select the partition were the OS needs to be installed.

Once the disk selection is completed, the installation starts and displays the slide shows describing the features available in Deepin. For a regular user of Linux, these information’s wont be of any use, but for new users it definitely provides some insight into the OS they are installing. The slides are aesthetically pleasing and we can see mac inspiration behind the slides. Once the installation is completed, which is around 15 mins, you are displayed the “Installation Success” screen which ask you to reboot the system. You reboot your machine and you boot into Deepin.

As everyone knows, installation experience is very important factor for adoption of any OS. If its difficult, users might not return back and try it again. Luckily Deepin manages to provide the best installation experience and it is quite efficient. It is the most beautiful and easiest installer I have ever seen in any distro. It do not bother you with lots of questions and it’s straight forward and does all the heavy lifting for you. Here my only complaint is lack of option to boot into live system, which is definitely a pain for new users. Nevertheless the experience with Deepin installation was great and the developers definitely deserves applause for the same.

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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