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Linux Deepin review – beautifully perfect

This weekend, I decided to install a new distro on my netbook. I saw Linux Deepin just released a new version so I gave it a try. And it was a right decision, Linux Deepin is really a perfect distro in my opinion.

Linux Deepin overview

Linux Deepin is based on Ubuntu ( I guess it must be Ubuntu 12.04 LTS). The ISO image of Linux Deepin 12.12 is over 1GB so you will need a DVD or a big enough USB to install it. As usual, I used Unetbootin to create a bootable USB and boot up the live version without any trouble.

Installing Linux Deepin is similar to Ubuntu or Linux Mint since it also uses the ubiquity installer. However, when you decide to install Linux Deepin, you will be asked to choose between Chinese and English since Linux Deepin is from China. It didnt take me long to get Linux Deepin installed to my netbook:

Click here to download Linux Deepin 12.12

Deepin Desktop Environment

This is a new thing in Linux Deepin 12.12. I had tried Linux Deepin once last year and still recall that in the old release, the desktop looked quite dark and the panel was at the top of the screen. Now things are different, the default desktop is bright with the panel ( or dock) at the bottom of the screen.

You will love Linux Deepin if you like the look of Windows 7. You got the transparent panel with several notification applets at the right corner. At the left side are the Deepin Menu and several launcher buttons. When an application is opened, it can be previewed when hovering over the icons on the dock panel.

Compiz is enabled by default in Linux Deepin 12.12 so you will have several eyecandy effects like shadowing and aero glass, which make everything look quite similar to Windows 7. Here is how the file manager of Deepin looks:

When you click on the Deepin Menu at the very left corner of the panel ( or hit Alt + F2), the Gnome Shell launcher menu will appear, on which you can access all the available applications in your system. You can browse all applications or search by categories. And as you can see, the default icons of Linux Deepin are really beautiful, perhaps on Elementary OS can be a rival to Deepin on this.

To change the behavior of the desktop, you can open

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