Deepin 2014 Alpha, a distribution based on Ubuntu and developed in China, is now available for download and testing.The Deepin Linux distribution is aimed at professional and normal users alike, focusing on the best user experience possible, and for this the developers needed something different from what is currently offered to users.
Some of you might remember Deepin from last year, when they released an equally interesting version, but it was still based on GNOME, although it was a heavily modified build. The developers needed something new and they made DDE, or Deepin Desktop Environment.
Instead of adopting or forking a desktop environment that was already under production, the Chinese developers made their own software, which was built with WebKit and HTML 5. The result is a different way of thinking about the desktop and the apps that are usually integrated.
“Deepin is a Linux Distribution which devoted to provide elegant user interface and secure environment for global users. The Deepin Team has made a series of custom made software like the Deepin Desktop Environment, the Deepin Music Player, the Deepin Media Player, the Deepin Software Center based on the HTML5 standard & technology.”
“Recently, Deepin has rapidly developed its fame around 40 countries/regions and has been downloaded for about 10 million times,” notes the developer.
According to the official announcement, the new Deepin 2014 Alpha now comes with a Corner Navigation item on the context menu for setting the function of the desktop corner, while keeping the functionality of the old desktop intact.
The developers also improved the launcher, and the Favorite interface has been added in order to display the Recently used App. What's even more interesting is the fact that users can now uninstall an application from the right click, making the entire process a lot easier.
Also, the Deepin System Setting has been renamed to Deepin Control Center, the Deepin Control Center now comes a powerful Theme Manager, a Boot Screen Manager has been added, the Login Manager is built on LightDM and HTML5, and the Deepin theme for the desktop has been redesigned.
A complete list of changes, new features, and updates can be found in the official announcement. You can download the Linux Deepin 2014 Alpha distribution from Softpedia.
Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.