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Deepin
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Company / developer Wuhan Deepin Technology Co., Ltd.
OS family Linux (Unix-like)
Working state Current
Source model Open-source
Initial release 28 February 2004; 17 years ago (2004-02-28)
Latest stable release 15.11 / 19 July 2019; 2 years ago (2019-07-19)
Latest unstable release 20 beta / 15 April 2020; 20 months ago (2020-04-15)
Marketing target Personal computing
Available language(s) Multi-lingual (more than 23)
Update method Deepin Software Center
Package manager APT, dpkg
Supported platforms AMD64
Kernel type Monolithic
Default user interface Deepin Desktop Environment (Qt-based)
License Free software licenses
(mainly GPL)

Deepin is a free operating system that uses the Linux kernel.

It is one of the most popular Chinese Linux distributions and it is based on Debian. The goal with deepin is to make it easy to use and install onto a computer. deepin can be used on all types of personal computers. deepin is downloaded as a DVD, which is free to download on the deepin website. It can be installed or tested by running the DVD.

Started in 2004, deepin has been developed at a fast rate by Wuhan Deepin Technology Co., Ltd, a Chinese company.

Releases

The release cycle has followed various schedules but currently aims at four releases per year. Releases are delayed if the work of development and testing has not been completed.

Version Release date Desktop environment Underlying system
Hiwix 0.1 February 28, 2004 IceWM Morphix
Hiweed Linux 0.2 March 3, 2004
Hiweed Linux 0.3 July 22, 2004 Xfce Debian
Hiweed Linux 0.55 September 25, 2004
Hiweed Linux 0.6 February 24, 2005
Hiweed Linux 1.0 September 25, 2006 Ubuntu
Hiweed Linux 2.0 November 17, 2008 LXDE
Linux Deepin 9.12 December 30, 2009 GNOME 2
Linux Deepin 10.06 July 20, 2010
Linux Deepin 10.12 December 31, 2010
Linux Deepin 11.06 July 4, 2011
Linux Deepin 11.12 December 30, 2011 GNOME 3
Linux Deepin 11.12.1 February 29, 2012
Linux Deepin 12.06 July 17, 2012
Linux Deepin 12.12 June 19, 2013 Deepin Desktop Environment 1.0
Linux Deepin 12.12.1 August 7, 2013
Linux Deepin 2013 November 28, 2013
Deepin 2014 July 6, 2014 Deepin Desktop Environment 2.0
Deepin 2014.1 August 28, 2014
Deepin 2014.2 December 31, 2014
Deepin 2014.3 April 28, 2015
Deepin 15 December 31, 2015 Deepin Desktop Environment 3.0
(based on Qt)
Debian (unstable branch)
Deepin 15.1 January 29, 2016
Deepin 15.1.1 March 9, 2016
Deepin 15.2 June 1, 2016
Deepin 15.4 July 19, 2017
Deepin 15.4.1 July 21, 2017
Deepin 15.5 November 30, 2017
Deepin 15.6 June 15, 2018
Deepin 15.7 August 20, 2018
Deepin 15.8 November 20, 2018
Deepin 15.9 January 16, 2019
Deepin 15.10 April 28, 2019 Debian 9 (stable branch)
Deepin 15.10.1 May 17, 2019
Deepin 15.10.2 July 1, 2019
Deepin 15.11 July 19, 2019
Deepin 20 April 15, 2020 Deepin Desktop Environment 4.0
(based on Qt)
Debian 10 (buster)

Comparison with Debian, Ubuntu and deepin

deepin is based on Debian and both distributions have a lot in common. Both distributions use the same software repositories. Most differences are on the desktop. Debian has a vastly larger support community than deepin. However, the majority of Debian help and advice is also applicable to deepin. Debian and deepin support also x86-64 CPU architecture.

Many popular multimedia codecs are not installed by default in deepin. deepin and many other gratis GNU/Linux distributions such as Debian and Ubuntu, do not distribute these codecs with the initial install media due to patent encumberment issues.

deepin 2014.x was based on Ubuntu; Ubuntu and deepin both focus on usability, but deepin offers a different user experience (DDE) and it includes a number of applications that are not available in Ubuntu (Deepin Store).

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