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.
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.