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This project employs a half-year release cycle and is highly attractive to Chinese university students. The desktop environment in this release is Deepin GNOME Shell, which is the GNOME Shell adapted to the way users prefer to manage the desktop. Three extensions for Hide Message Tray, Kimpanel, and Panel Settings are introduced for better GUI experience. This release incorporates a number of device drivers, particularly for printers. More fonts were included and thus CJK rendering is better supported. This release can even be installed by running a special DeepWin.exe in a Windows operating system. Featured applications are Deepin Music Player, Deepin Media Player, and Deepin Software Center.
Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 2
It seems to work for a lot of people
but it didn't work for me
Although Deepin is a Chinese distro, it is usable in English. Its wiki and forum are in Chinese, but there is an official Deepin section on this site.
The CD started by offering to check itself, but this didnít work, merely locking-up the computer.
When I booted into the live session, there was a user guide on the desktop that was supposed to display with Yelp, but that crashed. The media player failed to play any files, even the mp3 that worked with the music player. Finally, the computer locked up when shutting down.
Ubiquity, the installer, also crashed. This looked like the same bug that was present in Ubuntu 12.04, on which Deepin 12.06 is based: the installer stops just before creating a user and installing Grub. It only affects a minority of computers, but unfortunately that includes mine.
Five bugs on one disk is not a good sign. To make sure the problem wasnít me, I burnt a new disk, but to no avail. Unless youíre desperate for a distro with Chinese documentation, this cannot be recommended.