Minutes ago, I ended an interview with Wuhan Deepin Chief Technology Officer Raphael Zhang and Deepin Hualet Wang development manager, and their responses were full of surprises and welcome. Before publishing the full interview, I wanted to reserve this space for an interesting announcement: the Deepin v20 is entering beta status in mid-December and is expected to be officially released in January 2020.
Deepin is at the same time a Linux desktop distribution and a standalone desktop environment, but the former has caused severe waves recently. Starting with its recent partnership with Huawei, which sees the Chinese device manufacturer ship several MateBook laptops in China with deepin pre-installed.
Deepin's team also shared a series of short but tempting deepin v20 teasers via their YouTube channel. They are produced accurately and demonstrate a lot of polishing being added to the distribution taskbar, startup and login functionality.
I've included all three at the bottom of this article (don't let the language dissuade you; Deepin is also available in English).
Deepin excites me because it sets such a high standard not only with its visual aesthetics, but also with its features. Tools such as Deepin Cloud Sync (which, yes, will leave mainland China, but not before the company carefully studies various international privacy laws), a windowless slider center, and the built-in customization of the startup manager put the item above.
It's not a cup of tea for everyone, but Deepin is the first thing I show people who are unaware of the desktop progress linux has made in recent years – not to mention how beautiful it's turned.
Deepin v20 is expected to be based on Debian 10, and the company plans to spend 2020 building its links with the international open source community, among many other activities.
Keep an eye on the information on this front and more in the next interview.