How to Install Linux Deepin Desktop on Ubuntu

Linux Deepin is a beautiful Linux Distro based on Ubuntu. While we have reviewed Linux Deepin 11.12 and has full of praise for it, the latest version 12.12 is even better, more elegant and is running more smoothly. If you have no intention to format your PC and install Linux Deepin from scratch, here is how you can install the Linux Deepin Desktop on Ubuntu and access it from the login screen.

In your Ubuntu, open a terminal.

The first thing we are going to do is to add the repository for Linux Deepin packages.

Add the lines at the end of the file:

Press “Ctrl + o” follow by “Ctrl + x” to save and exit the sources list.

Next, we are going to fetch and import the public key for Linux Deepin packages.

Update the system.

Lastly, install the Linux Deepin desktop environment:

This will install a big bunch of files to your system and could take a long time, depending on your Internet connection.

Additionally, you can add the Deepin Music Player, Software Center and Settings panel to the mix:

Once the installation finished, restart your computer (or log out of your existing session). You should find the new Deepin Desktop Environment available for selection in the login screen.

deepin-login-screen

Here are some screenshots:

Linux Deepin Desktop:

linux-deepin-desktop-on-ubuntu

Linux Deepin Software Center:

deepin-software-center

Linux Deepin Music Player:

deepin-music-player

Linux Deepin System Settings

deepin-system-settings

Note that this will not give you a complete Linux Deepin experience. Some of the applications (such as Nautilus) will retain their original look and feel. Nevertheless, this is still one of the best way to use Linux Deepin without reformatting your computer.

14 comments

  1. oh yes, i really want to install a horrible knockoff of an operating system, programmed and “created” by a PLA group company from China? NOT. stop stealing apple’s icons and code by cannonical and plastering your name on open source programming, Deepin. your shit’s a scary security vulnerability and a sham.

    • What’s so bad about it???? If anyone is stealing Apple’s icons and code it’s Pear OS and Elementary OS……. Do your research!

  2. I want to add repo in linux 13 (ubuntu 12.04 LTS)!! So think this raring repo may harm my OS. Is there any way to use precise repo? :)

    • You can use the following repo:

      deb http://packages.linuxdeepin.com/deepin precise main non-free universe
      deb-src http://packages.linuxdeepin.com/deepin precise main non-free universe

  3. i tried linux deepin 12.12 and its not perfect it looks elegant and all but i find it Crap!!!…am going back to ubuntu with unity….just going to take Dmusic with me though, its the best player ive ever used on linux

    • Boot into Unity destkop and run the following commands:

      sudo apt-get autoremove dde-meta-core python-deepin-gsettings deepin-music-player deepin-software-center

      Optionally, you can remove the Deepin repository from your sources.list too.

  4. I can’t say I like 12.12 at all, but the previous version 12.06 was the best Gnome distro I have come across.
    Lightweight, fast and intuitive, unlike it’s newer siblings.
    The only exception being the software center, which is slow to download from, if you aren’t in Asia.

  5. I tried to install on my Debian Wheezy but got several dependency errors:

    Alguns pacotes não puderam ser instalados. Isto pode significar que você solicitou uma situação impossível ou, se você está usando a distribuição instável, que alguns pacotes requeridos não foram criados ainda ou foram retirados da “Incoming”.
    A informação a seguir pode ajudar a resolver a situação:

    Os pacotes a seguir têm dependências desencontradas:
    dde-meta-core : Depende: compiz mas não será instalado
    Depende: session-migration mas não é instalável
    Depende: deepin-desktop-environment mas não será instalado
    Depende: deepin-desktop-environment-plugins mas não será instalado
    Depende: deepin-session mas não será instalado
    Depende: deepin-session-fastup mas não será instalado
    Depende: deepin-xsession-settings mas não será instalado
    Depende: deepin-system-tray mas não será instalado
    Depende: deepin-notifications mas não será instalado
    Depende: deepin-ui mas não será instalado
    Depende: lightdm mas não será instalado
    E: Impossível corrigir problemas, você manteve (hold) pacotes quebrados.

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