Linux Deepin 12.12.1 - Bloody fantastic

Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by Mrkvonic, Sep 2, 2013.

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  1. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

    May 9, 2005
    Here's a super-ultra-uber-extra long and thorough review of Linux Deepin 12.12.1 64-bit, a Ubuntu-based distribution with a highly customized Gnome Shell desktop, covering live usage, installation and post-install, including Wireless, Samba sharing, look & feel, desktop customization, skins, multimedia playback - Flash and MP3, quad-boot setup, applications, software center and package management, additional drivers, 3D effects and Compiz, system resources, performance, responsiveness, stability, suspend & resume, printing, interactive user manual, many new and unique features, potential market impact and caveats, and more. You must read this.

  2. NGRhodes

    NGRhodes Registered Member

    Jun 23, 2003
    Really looks like they tried to go for a similar look to Windows 7.
    Not sure if that is a good thing or not...

    Cheers, Nick
  3. mack_guy911

    mack_guy911 Registered Member

    Mar 21, 2007
    they try very hard to keep it close to windows 7 so for newbies there is no big deal to see

    any difference good thing it is its free with kingsoft office D-music D-player so overall not a bad package

    but more i think they get inspiration form ROSA LAB specially on art work personal video player ....etc

    thanks mrk for your review getting 9 on your reviews means its really a hotty out there :D
  4. NormanF

    NormanF Registered Member

    Feb 20, 2009

    Mrkvonic a correction - Linux Deepin did use a modified version of GNOME in the past but in this release - based on Ubuntu Raring 13.04 - they are using their own desktop environment - named appropriately enough Linux Deepin Desktop Environment. There are so many problems with GNOME Shell as you noted yourself in the past that they decided to start over. I think its the right approach to move away from GNOME and it shows here. As you wrote they use Compiz whereas GNOME uses Mutter. Going back to the basics is getting right back on track. It does combine elements of both Mac and Windows 7 but it does so quite beautifully. I should point out they also have their unique screenshot tool - named DSnapshot. A very well put together distro! It can only grow from this point on!

  5. moontan

    moontan Registered Member

    Sep 11, 2010
  6. Gringo95

    Gringo95 Registered Member

    May 7, 2009
    I had issues with the 120+ packages need to update the x64 bit version after install on two separate machines, one of which failed to boot afterwards. Possibly the slow and erratic download speed corrupted something on route or their software center doesn't like handling this amount of traffic in one go. After re-installing I did the updates in related batches and this time everything went through OK.

    If this had been around nearer the start of Gnome3 I doubt we would have seen so many other DE forks. IMO the look is outstanding.

    CPU use is a bit high but I doubt it'll wear mine out. :)
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