Been awhile since I’ve tested Deepin Linux, but I’ve been thinking about trying Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE) with one or two other Distros. Thusly, I downloaded deepin-desktop-community-1010-amd64 ISO yesterday morning ‘n started testing.

I wanted to make the full installation to a USB drive, so I used a 32GB SanDisk USB, which caused me problems with the Rufus USB creator and also with the balenaEtcher creator. I then decided to try the Deepin Boot Maker to create a ‘Live’ USB, and it immediately recognized one of the problems, i.e. the target disk needs to be “at least 64 GB.”

  • Note: I was using both the ‘Apevia’ Ryzen™ Linux test computer and also the ‘InWin’ Intel Linux test computer, so these tests were taking longer than expected.

After I switched the target disk from 32GB’s to a 128GB Samsung USB, the installation failed again, so at this point I guessed that doing a full installation to a USB drive wasn’t going to work, i.e. problem #2 was revealed. Deepin wanted a HDD or SSD as the target disk. Deepin Boot Maker ‘Live’ USB installation media had warned of problem #1, but not the #2 USB as a target disk problem. BTW, this wasn’t actually a ‘Live’ USB you could test before installing, it was just for installing; however, I believe they have an actual ‘Live’ ISO version that is a lot smaller than the 2.77GB I had downloaded.

After those two problems were solved, installations to test SSD’s were fast ‘n easy on both the ‘Apevia’ AMD Ryzen™ and the ‘InWin’ Intel test computers. Note: I call them test computers, but each of them has a WIN10 Pro on SSD assigned to them, plus a Fedora 33 ‘n CentOS Stream ’n Puppy 9.5 installations on separate USB’s assigned to them. The USB’s are kept on 4-port USB hubs that can be switched on ‘n off, and the SSD’s use a Hot Swap drive bay when needed or not.

Also added a Hyper-V Deepin virtual installation on my main computer ‘Antec Jr.’ (a WIN10 Pro machine only). I use Hyper-V mainly to grab difficult to get pics.

Then I noticed a #3 problem…no sound from the simple ‘n basic computer speakers!?!

Gorgeous desktop…easy to move around in and customize, but Deepin was unable to produce any sounds on either ‘Apevia’ AMD Ryzen™ or ‘InWin’ Intel computers!?! Sound works on those computer’s WIN10 Pro, Fedora, CentOS and Puppy Linux assigned OSes. Sound on those two computers work on 99% of the Linux Distros I test on them, and I test a lot of ‘em.

I had a bunch of pics for this Deepin post, but am not going to take up Media Library space for a Distro that can’t play sounds on my test computers. Deepin has made some great improvements with the Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE). The DE is much easier to move around in than KDE Plasma, IMHO. Here’s a quick pic of the DE:

Dig the partition setup they create:

Imagine trying to do your own partitioning ‘n formatting of *THAT* – No wonder the installer balked at using a USB for the target disk.  😉

If Deepin had offered Fulltime Linux Root User access I would’ve at least tried to find a solution for those speakers, but Deepin is strictly a ‘Password Dependent’ Distro.

  • Love ‘Dat DDE tho!

This DDE series is going to cover UbuntuDDE next. I will also look at adding the DDE to Fedora and maybe even check Manjaro…have read they both offer that desktop.

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!

UPDATE – 1/1/2021: Have found what is causing the sound problems with Deepin 20.1…the Output sound settings in the Control Center are stuck. I tried to change them to “Line Out,” but when I went back to check the Output Device was still listed as the “Digital Output”:

The above red triangle shows the problem setting – “Digital Output” and even though I can change it, the change doesn’t stay.

In this next pic, I show the setting changed to “Line Out” which is the correct setting.

I discovered this problem while testing UbuntuDDE this morning, where the sound works with no problems. Made the change in UbuntuDDE from “Digital Output” to “Line Out” and the setting change stayed. However, the setting change doesn’t stay Deepin 20.1.