Linux Deepin (formarly Hiweed GNU/Linux) is an open source and freely distributed operating system based on the Ubuntu Linux distribution and featuring its own desktop environment, theme, icons, and login manager.
Availability, boot options and system requirements
It is available for download as installable-only DVD ISO images, one for the 32-bit architecture and another one for 64-bit hardware platforms. The ISOs can be deployed to USB flash drives of 2 GB or higher capacity, as well as on blank DVD discs.
From the boot prompt, users can only install the operating system. Recommended system requirements include an Intel Pentium IV 2GHz processor or better, at least 1GB of RAM (2 GB recommended for best performance), at least 10 GB of free disk space, a modern video graphics card from Intel, AMD or Nvidia, an AC97, Sound Blaster or HDA sound card, and a CD/DVD-ROM devices or USB port.
Astonishing desktop environment, powerful applications
As mentioned, Deepin uses its own desktop environment, which is very futuristic and provides users with an astonishing graphical session comprised of a single dock located at the bottom edge of the screen, from where users can launch applications.
Among the includes software, we can mention Google Chrome web browser, Nautilus file manager, Mozilla Thunderbird email client, Pidgin instant messenger, Remmina remote desktop client, Gedit text editor, Kingsoft office suite, as well as Deepin Software Center, Deepin Game Center, DMusic audio player, DPlayer video player, and DSnapshot screenshot utility.
Summing up, Deepin is a great Linux distribution that boots fast, looks really amazing and unique (something never seen in a Linux OS before), and uses a stable Ubuntu base that runs well only on high-end machines. It really deserves ten stars!