Deepin 2014 Beta, a distribution based on Ubuntu and developed in China, has been released and is now available for testing,
The Deepin Linux distribution is aimed at professional and normal users alike, focusing on the best user experience possible, and uses its own desktop environment, which is not something that you usually see these days.
The Deepin developers are known for their unorthodox way of doing things. The previous edition of the operating system was full of interesting features, which even included facial recognition software. Now they have returned with a brand new desktop environment and a fresh desktop ecosystem.
“The Deepin team has developed the new Deepin Desktop Environment based on HTML 5 technologies. The Deepin operating system has also shipped many other featured applications, including Deepin Music Player, DPlayer, Deepin Software Center etc,” and so on.
The first Alpha in the new 2014 release of Deepin made quite an impact, and the developers listened to the community and introduced some important changes that should be easily visible right from the start.
“Since Deepin 2014 Alpha was released, we have received warm feedback and suggestions from all around the world. Many tweaks and improvements have been made accordingly. In this release, we have simplified user selection in the login manager and added effects for the Dock and the Launcher. Besides, the theme features in light tactile impression in Deepin2014 Beta. System trays are added in the Dock, which have made the system more elegant and improved the operating efficiency,” also noted the developer in the announcement.
Also, the Deepin Control Center has been improved and is now a lot more stable. It also got some new features, such as broadband connection, VPN connection, hidden network connection, fixed IP, and Bluetooth.
The main repository of the distribution has been updated and will provide the latest versions for most of the applications. The repository also has 60 different mirrors, which means that users will be able to find at least one that will give them the best possible speed.
A number of new default applications have been implemented as well, such as Shotwell, Gparted, and a font viewer.
Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.