Linux Desktop Comes to China With Deepin 2014

By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2014-07-08

There is no shortage of open-source Linux distributions that are based on Ubuntu Linux, and Deepin 2014 is among them. Deepin 2014 was released July 6 and is based on the Ubuntu 14.04 Long Term Support (LTS) Linux distribution that debuted April 17. What tends to differentiate the various Ubuntu-based Linux distributions is the desktop environment, and Deepin is no exception. While the main Ubuntu distribution has its own Unity desktop interface, Deepin has created its own unique interface that has a Mac OS X-like dock as the primary menu interface. The Deepin interface is built in HTML5, making it very lightweight and responsive. Of particular note, as well, is the fact that Deepin 2014 is a Chinese-based Linux distribution although the new release now supports multiple languages, including English. Going a step further, Deepin has built a number of unique tools, including the Deepin Game interface, which is a purpose-built application for discovering and installing games. Deepin 2014 also includes its own Deepin Movie player for video playback as well as the Deepin Music player for audio playback. In this slide show, eWEEK examines some of the key features of the Deepin 2014 release.


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