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Deepin
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Screenshot of Deepin Desktop Environment in 2014.1
Developer Wuhan Deepin Technology Co.,Ltd.
OS family Unix-like
Working state Active
Source model Free software plus some proprietary packages
Latest release 2014.1 / August 28, 2014; 4 months ago (2014-08-28)
Available in

Officially supports 20 languages

Community supports over 60 languages
Package manager dpkg
Platforms x86, x86-64, Loongson (in development)
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux)
Default user interface Deepin Desktop Environment
License Mostly GPL plus others
Official website linuxdeepin.com

Deepin, stylized as deepin (before HiweedLinux and then LinuxDeepin) is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu,[1] and uses the same APT and dpkg software management systems.[2]

Overview[edit]

deepin system was dominantly developed by Wuhan Deepin Technology Co.,Ltd. and uses Deepin Desktop Environment developed based on HTML5 technology by default, with Deepin Music, Deepin Movie, Deepin Store and other Deepin system software. It can meet the users’ daily entertainment and office needs.

Since it was developed, deepin system has been actively participated in by deepin community and the relevant international communities. deepin community sets "Freedom, Openness, Sharing, Collaboration" as the community guidelines. All community members make contributions to the development of deepin project with these guidelines as the precondition.

History[edit]

deepin system originates from Hiweed Linux (Hiwix) system. Hiwix 0.1 was first released on February 28, 2004 and is a Linux distribution who has a longer history than Ubuntu.[3]

At the same time when deepin system was renamed as Hiwix, Hiweed Linux and Linux Deepin and some others, the desktop environment used by default was also constantly changed. In earlier times, deepin once used IceWM, xfce, lXDE and Gnome, but ultimately determined to use Deepin Desktop Environment developed by itself. The underlying system it is based on also experienced changes from Morphix and Debian to Ubuntu.

deepin system are obviously different from the mainstream Linux distributions in the past because deepin system not only focuses on the development of the system and desktop environment, but also focuses on the development of the configured basic software. Currently deepin system already has comparatively complete deepin featured applications which are composed of the two big parts—Deepin Desktop Environment and software of deepin collection.

Order by release date: Deepin Store, Deepin Screenshot, Deepin Music, Deepin Movie, Deepin Desktop Environment, Deepin Terminal, Deepin Game, Deepin Translator, Deepin Boot Maker and so on.

Release history[edit]

Version Release Date Desktop Environment Underlying System
Hiwix 0.1 February 28, 2004 IceWM Morphix
Hiweed Linux 0.2 March 3, 2004 IceWM Morphix
Hiweed Linux 0.3 February 28, 2004 IceWM Morphix
Hiweed Linux 0.3 July 22, 2004 xfce Debian
Hiweed Linux 0.55 September 25, 2004 xfce Debian
Hiweed Linux 0.6 February 24, 2004 xfce Debian
Hiweed Linux 1.0 September 25, 2004 xfce Ubuntu
Hiweed Linux 2.0 September 25, 2004 LXDE Ubuntu
Linux Deepin 9.12 December 30, 2009 Gnome2 Ubuntu
Linux Deepin10.06 July 20, 2010 Gnome2 Ubuntu
Linux Deepin 10.12 December 31, 2010 Gnome2 Ubuntu
Linux Deepin 11.06 July 4, 2011 Gnome2 Ubuntu
Linux Deepin 11.12 December 30, 2011 Gnome3 Ubuntu
Linux Deepin 11.12.1 February 29, 2012 Gnome3 Ubuntu
Linux Deepin 12.06 July 17, 2012 Gnome3 Ubuntu
Linux Deepin 12.12 June 19, 2013 Deepin Desktop Environment1.0 Ubuntu
Linux Deepin 12.12.1 August 7, 2013 Deepin Desktop Environment1.0 Ubuntu
Linux Deepin 2013 November 28, 2013 Deepin Desktop Environment1.0 Ubuntu
Deepin 2014 July 6, 2014 Deepin Desktop Environment2.0 Ubuntu
Deepin 2014.1 August 28, 2014 Deepin Desktop Environment2.0 Ubuntu

The release cycle of deepin new versions has been changed from twice a year (in June and in December) to four times a year, including two new versions and two amended versions, for example, Deepin 2014.1 is the amended version of Deepin 2014.

If the relevant work of development and testing has not been completed, in order to ensure the quality, we tend to delay the release date of new versions.

System requirements[edit]

CPU RAM Hard Disk Space
The Minimum Configurations Intel Pentium IV 2.0 GHz 1GB 10GB
The Recommended Configurations Intel Core 2 2.0Ghz 2GB 20GB
  • Processor: Intel Pentium IV 2 GHz or a faster processor
  • RAM: At least 2G (RAM) with over 4G being the recommended value for the optimal performance
  • Hard Disk: At least 10 GB hard disk space
  • A blank DVD compact disc or a USB flash drive of more than 2GB[4]

As long as the computer is above the minimum configurations, generally 32-bit operating systems can run in it smoothly. If it’s above the recommended configurations, generally 64-bit operating systems can run in it smoothly. When you run the LiveCD mode, you need a blank DVD or a USB flash drive of more than 2GB.

Featured applications[edit]

In order to bring deepin users the consistent experience, developers of deepin system specially developed a series of deepin featured applications.

deepin featured applications are composed of the two big parts—Deepin Desktop Environment and software of deepin collection. The source code of all software is open, and all software is released in accordance with GPL V3 protocol published by Free Software Foundation.

Thanks to the efforts of community members, currently all deepin featured applications perfectly support 20 languages and there are about 40 languages being translated in the community.

Deepin Desktop Environment[edit]

Deepin Desktop Enviroment

Since Gnome desktop environment gradually restricts custom features, problems occurred in DeepinGNOME Shell which was developed based on GNOME Shell. In order to develop beautiful, fast and lightweight desktop environment, deepin team newly developed Deepin Desktop Environment.

Deepin Desktop Environment was developed based on HTML5 and WebKit and is mainly composed of the desktop, Launcher, Dock and Deepin Control Center. Except the front end of Deepin Control Center using QML technology and the rear end using Go language to be written, the other parts are all implemented with HTML5 and WebKit, so you can develop plugins for Deepin Desktop Environment, such as the weather and calendar plugins on the desktop if you have simple knowledge on JavaScript.

Deepin Desktop Environment also plans to offer more intelligent features like Deepin Voice Assistant shown to users by developers of deepin system in 2013 DAU. This tool will support tweets sending, weather query, movie query, photo taking and other functions.

Attached by:Deepin Control Center

Deepin Control Center is a setting module attached with Deepin Desktop Environment. This program makes the panel popping up at the right side of the screen as the display way and it provides users with all aspects of control to deepin system.

Original software[edit]

Deepin Store[edit]

Deepin Store is a software store that comes with deepin system. It can help users realize their management to the system software, such as searching, installing, upgrading, uninstalling and so on.

More than 2,600 pieces of software are collected in Deepin Store. Users can get them by only clicking easily. Moreover, Deepin Store provides rolling software recommendation and theme update.

Currently the latest version of this software is 3.0.

Deepin Music[edit]

Deepin Music is a music software developed by deepin Team. It has the function of online play, and it also has functions such as lyrics search and download, lyrics being displayed on the desktop, albums’ cover download, song memory playback, original music management and custom theme and so on. In addition, this software also supports plugin extension. Currently the latest version of this software is 2.0.

Deepin Movie[edit]

Deepin Movie is a versatile video player software which sets FFmpeg as the rear end and supports multiple video formats and multi-mode switch. It has functions like lyrics play preview, online subtitles, video screenshot, video format conversion, CD player and custom theme.

Currently the latest version of this software is 2.1.

Deepin Screenshot[edit]

Deepin Screenshot is a piece of convenient screenshot software, supporting intelligent window identification (Ctrl+Alt+A to start), manually selecting the screenshot area, editing pictures easily, delaying screenshot (Ctrl+PrintScreen), sharing to social networks (Twitter and Sina Weibo), a variety of storage options and other functions.

Currently the latest version of this software is 2.0.

Deepin Terminal[edit]

Deepin Terminal is a terminal program developed based on Deepin UI. This terminal program has real-time adjustment of background transparency, custom fonts and font size, custom shortcut keys and other features, and provides convenient functions such as screen split and workspace switch.

Currently the latest version of this software is 1.0.

Deepin Translator[edit]

Deepin Translator is a tiny translation software using Google online translator. It has supported the mutual translation of dozens of languages and can use OCR recognition technology to realize translation of words taken from pictures.

Currently the latest version of this software is 1.0.

Deepin Game[edit]

Deepin Game is a simple game platform which includes a large number of common high-quality small games. All games are flash games currently.

Currently the latest version of this software is 1.0.

Deepin Installer[edit]

Deepin Installer is a special installer tool of deepin system. When using this software, the users only need to select the location to install the system, and then he/she can complete installation. It is different from the previous Linux system installation tools which require partitions and other cumbersome procedures.

Currently the latest version of this software is 1.0.

Deepin Boot Maker[edit]

Deepin Boot Maker is a tool which is convenient for users to make the startup disk of deepin system. This software supports the three platforms—Linux, Windows and MAC.

Currently the latest version of this software is 1.0.

Future plans[edit]

Deepin Talk is an instant message tool which is being developed by deepin Team. It not only has functions of common instant message tools, it is also the user center based on deepin system, existing as a hub application. Users can realize their sharing and communication with the outside world through Deepin Talk. Currently the program is being developed. Its front end is written in QML and its rear end is coordinated with the modified XMPP.

In addition, Deepin Drive Center and Deepin File Manager are in the future development plans.

Achievements[edit]

  • Having contributed a lot of Chinese translation of documents to Debian community
  • Deepin Store with an intuitive interface, in which you can install software with one click
  • Deepin Screenshot tool which supports intelligent recognition, quick editing and network sharing
  • Deepin Music integrating online music, lyrics and identifying Chinese coding
  • Deepin Movie supporting mainstream formats
  • Deepin Game collecting a large number of games and social sharing functions
  • Deepin Desktop Environment developed based on HTML5 and WebKit technologies
  • Deepin Translator supporting the mutual translation of 65 languages and translation of words taken from pictures
  • Winning the excellence award in the operating system program in Open Source Contest of Northeast Asia—China, Japan and South Korea in 2012 and 2014
  • Temporarily being top in Chinese operating systems list in the world Linux systems ranking website

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