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Old 19. Dec 2015, 05:46 AM   #51 (permalink)
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Deepin or Q4os for/with an older (4-5 years) laptop? I've read some great things here about both of them lately. How do they compare to Mageia?
They don't really because all three are very different.

Mageia ships with KDE4 or Gnome as standard but other DE's are available.

https://forums.mageia.org/en/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=9907

Q4OS uses the Trinity DE which began life as a continuation of the abandonned KDE3 project.

Deepin, like say Zorin and Solus uses its own custom DE.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepin

It is sometimes possible to install these DE's into other distros.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...op_Environment

I've tinkered with this in the past with limited success. IMO it is always better to choose a distro that ships as standard with your preferred DE, rather than install a "community edition" with another DE, or attempting to install one over the default desktop later.

The main disadvantage with Deepin, there is no live version as with Mageia or Q4OS.

As mentioned previously, drivers can be an issue on older kit even if the chosen distro is supposed to support legacy hardware. As ever, the best plan is to run a live session and try as many of your usual tasks with it as possible. Just booting to a live desktop for instance won't guarantee Firefox will open or your videos play.
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Old 01. Jan 2016, 01:43 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Deepin 15 has now moved into beta. Now based on Debian instead of Ubuntu which is likely to please a lot of folks. Picture preview here.

http://linuxbsdos.com/2015/12/01/dee...n-of-the-year/

So long as the final release works, I too can subscribe to this being the best distro of the year.

Haven't tried it but Deepin 15 Final has been released.

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Old 01. Jan 2016, 03:52 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Haven't tried it but Deepin 15 Final has been released.
I'm waiting to see how this pans out. I can fully understand the move away from being Ubuntu based to Debian, but not the "testing" branch. Surely it made better sense to choose the stable version but time will tell.
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I'm waiting to see how this pans out. I can fully understand the move away from being Ubuntu based to Debian, but not the "testing" branch. Surely it made better sense to choose the stable version but time will tell.
Still being fairly new to Linux I'm not sure why they moved from Ubuntu to Debian but same thought entered my mind about using the testing version rather than the latest stable release.

Bit of tragic news on debian.org

And going off-topic slightly, looks like Manjaro have released a Deepin version: Manjaro Deepin
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Still being fairly new to Linux I'm not sure why they moved from Ubuntu to Debian but same thought entered my mind about using the testing version rather than the latest stable release.

Bit of tragic news on debian.org

And going off-topic slightly, looks like Manjaro have released a Deepin version: Manjaro Deepin
Bad news indeed to see such a major contributor depart this life but his efforts will be long remembered.

I've tinkered with several distros providing "community" releases with alternative DE's and they all fall pretty much into the same category of nice but not too reliable. Manjaro Deepin is a good example although strangely enough Manjaro Budgie plays out better than Solus in its present state. It will be interesting to see how the latest Deepin performs once the forum trolls get their teeth into it.
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It appears, like many other distros this past year, the latest release of Deepin is a step back instead of forward. A lot of bugs are already being reported and users will need to spend time in the terminal just to get the fonts looking OK. Maybe this will improve over time as the system gets updated but in its present form I would advise to stay away. Pity really but maybe the decision to move to Debian from Ubuntu will stay to haunt them.
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I don't know why some people are raving about this new release or the move from an Ubuntu to Debian base. It looks awful compared with the last release, fonts are washed out, no alternative theme or icon choices and the file manager freezes every time I try to copy something from an external drive. MC's verdict - garbage.
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I like your last post. The angry energy is captivating
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