Deepin 23 aims to reclaim the title of the most beautiful Linux desktop

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Default is Deepin Desktop.

Deepin Desktop is still one of the most beautiful and user-friendly environments on the market.

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ZDNET’s key takeaways

  • Deepin Linux 23 Beta 3 is now available to download and install for free.
  • It’s beautiful, it’s seamlessly integrated, and it’s easy to use.
  • As it has been, over the years, there have been security concerns when using Deepin Linux (which are mentioned in this section FOSS Linux) For this reason, I would recommend you to install Deepin Desktop on your preferred distribution to avoid problems.

I remember when Deepin first came into the market. It was a game-changer that we hadn’t seen before. It was elegant on a level that no other Linux desktop could ever achieve. At the same time, it was as user-friendly as any GUI environment available.

But then other desktops noticed and either started repurposing or even adopted Deepin Desktop, giving it a few customized tweaks to take it to the next level. Consensus quickly became that Deepin had serious competition. Developers of distributions like Zorin OS and Rhino Linux took this in mind and upped their games.

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The results were a flood of fantastic desktop environments for the Linux operating system.

All the while, Deepin developers continue to evolve, allowing the desktop environment to become more user-friendly (and equally attractive).

With the upcoming beta release of version 23 of the desktop OS, Deepin once again proves that it can deliver something special. I downloaded the latest beta ISO for distribution and created a VirtualBox VM. As soon as the installation was done, I logged in and all I could do was shake my head and smile.

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Deepin has done it again… reclaiming its place at (or near) the top of the most beautiful Linux desktop distributions on the market.

It’s sleek, it’s classy, ​​everything you want in a modern desktop.

But looks aren’t everything. Deepin goes a long way in making Linux simple enough that anyone with no experience can jump in and start using the OS. One of the reasons for this is the Deepin Home app, which is the only launcher on the desktop. Double-click that icon and you’ll be presented with one of the best “welcome” apps in the Linux ecosystem.

From that app you can access news about Deepin, communicate with other Deepin users, file bug reports, make suggestions, locate helpful resources, join internal teams, and read community news. What you don’t get with the Deepin Home app is quick access to frequently used features (like Settings, App Store, etc.). Fortunately, you’ll find launchers for those things in the dock at the bottom of the screen

Deepin Home app.

Deepin Home Act helps you get started with the OS.

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You can instead click the main menu button (on the left side of the dock) to reveal the Windows 11-like menu.

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Default apps installed include:

  • Browser (based on Chromium)
  • Deepin Music
  • Device Manager (helps you manage hardware and drivers)
  • DeepDraw (a simple drawing tool)
  • LibreOffice
  • Deepin mail
  • Deepin movie
  • Deepin voice notes
  • Deepin Text Editor

Years ago, I would have been completely against using a stack of tools created by the same development team. But after seeing how nice all the Deepin tools are (and how well they integrate with the desktop), it all makes perfect sense in an Apple kind of way. By doing this, everything just works At a level that has been employed in macOS for some time.

And, yes, I would easily claim that DeepPin is the MacOS to Linux, and as someone who uses both, I firmly believe that’s a good thing. Considering how busy I’ve gotten over the years, the importance of having a desktop OS that works in harmony with me and myself can’t be overstated. And Deepin 23’s beta goes a long way to prove that.

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Deepin is based on Debian, so it uses the apt package manager. One miss I found is that it doesn’t include snaps or flatpacks out of the box. Fortunately, this can be remedied with a command like:

sudo apt-get install snapd -y
sudo apt-get install flatpak -y

What’s new with v23?

As far as what you can expect to be updated with the latest release, here’s a short list:

  • New wallpaper
  • New repository
  • Added HWE 5.18 kernel
  • Support for atomic update and system rollback
  • Support for new Linglong package formats (including Minimal Linglong application)

As for the Linglong packages, I’ll probably avoid them for a while, at least until they prove to be reliable. Until then, if I choose to migrate to Deepin, I’ll stick with Debian repositories and snap/flatpack install apps.

my recommendation

After spending this short time with Deepin 23, and taking into account any skepticism surrounding Deepin Linux, I’m always inclined to go the “better safe than sorry route” and recommend installing Deepin DE on your Linux distribution of choice (such as Debian, Ubuntu, or Fedora ), rather than opting for the full-blown DPin distribution. This way you can still enjoy the beauty and ease of use found with Deepin without potential security concerns.

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You can also always try one of the Linux distributions that ship with dpin, such as ExTix or UbuntuDDE.

You can download an ISO of Deepin 23 Beta 3 Official download page, but I wouldn’t recommend using it for production environments. Again, this is a beta release, so expect issues to pop up now and then

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