When comparing Deepin OS vs MX-Linux, the Slant community recommends MX-Linux for most people. In the question“What are the best Linux distributions for desktops?” MX-Linux is ranked 6th while Deepin OS is ranked 53rd.
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Pro Enjoy the simplicity of Deepin's desktop
The desktop interface and apps feature an intuitive and elegant design. Moving around, sharing and searching, etc. has become simply a joyful experience.
Pro Can be made to look like Windows easily
By default, Deepin looks kinda like macOS but it can be made to look like Windows by right-clicking on the dock and changing the mode from "Fashion Mode" to "Efficient Mode".
Pro Excellent apps
Having Deepin installed also means you have thousands of quality apps to choose from. The apps which come with installation will suit your needs to browse the Internet, listen to music, watch videos, talk with friends, editing documents or simply any task you want to do at home or in your office.
Pro Best for daily use
Pro Blur and transparent design
Deepin has a blur and transparent design throughout the OS, which makes it one of the most beautiful Linux distros.
Pro Easy to use
It's very easy to use. You can easily uninstall a program by going to the menu then right-clicking on the preferred app and selecting "Uninstall" option.
Pro Rolling release
It is a rolling release Linux distribution which is quite popular these days.
Pro Great design to the app store
The app store is gorgeous.
Pro Has its own toolkit
It has its own toolkit called "Deepin Tool Kit". And the maintainers themselves use it.
Pro Easy to install
Installing Deepin OS is very easy. Even easier than installing Ubuntu!
Pro VLC media player works without any issue
In some cases, VLC media player has some problems with Ubuntu or Ubuntu-based Linux distros. That isn't the case with Deepin.
Pro Well-designed in every detail, developers have a professional aproach to the system
Deepin has a sane default set of apps including custom apps of their own design that gives the distro a very consistent look and feel. By working with the community on these tools as well as custom translations there is a great sense of polish when using it that is not often seen when using such a new desktop environment.
Pro Launches programs faster
Programs load and launch faster in Deepin than other Linux distributions. It takes only about 3 seconds to launch Chrome.
Pro Supports Flatpak
Deepin OS supports Flatpak. It also has some Flatpak programs installed by default.
Pro Company behind it
The Wuhan Deepin Technology is behind this Linux distribution.
Pro PRO Network Managment
Deepin has the facilities to create VLAN and other configuration like Wifi Hostpot on their GUI.
Pro Quite lightweight
Deepin 15.7 is lighter than Windows 10 and Ubuntu.
Pro Very stable
Since it is based on Debian stable, you will hardly ever get a dependency issue.
Pro Great support for graphics cards
Deepin OS includes a program called "Deepin Graphics Driver Manager" which can easily install a good driver for the graphics card.
Pro Includes a lot of packages in the official repository
The official repository of deepin OS includes over 73,000 packages.
Pro Exciting applications
It has some exciting applications, such as Deepin Graphics Driver Manager which can easily change between free and proprietary drivers without any issue.
Pro Automatically cleans package cache
Deepin automatically cleans package cache. Cleaning package cache is a good thing as it will make the OS much faster and lighter.
Pro Includes both Windows and macOS style interface
Pro Gives warning messages when upgrading packages using apt
Deepin uses their own modified version of apt. When there is a distribution upgrade available and if we try to upgrade by running "sudo apt upgrade", then this modified version of apt gives this warning message, "DDE programs will work abnormally if run this command. Run sudo apt dist-upgrade or sudo apt full-upgrade instead."
Pro Based on Debian
It is based on Debian which is the best Linux distribution for desktops.
Pro Not based on Ubuntu
Some people don't like Ubuntu nor its derivatives.
Pro Seemless transition form Windows to Linux
Easy to install, comes with default packages to typical needs e.g. Chrome, WPS office, System Monitor and a bunch of multimedia utilities. Its easy to install and uninstall applications, it has a great app store and is fast. On same laptop run much faster than Windows 10 did.
Pro Supports non-free drivers
Pro MX Snapshot: lets you make your own distro
Can create your own ISO (snapshot) and use it either as live-session and install back when needed.
With the (pre-installed) Snapshot tool you can easily create an ISO of your running system and then save it to a USB (or other media) and use "your own" distro as a live session or install back whenever you like (even on a different PC with different specs with no issues). You can even give that customized ISO to friends (selecting "non-personal" ISO when creating the snapshot; thus resetting the accounts & passwords and Home folder etc.).
Also you can save that ISO directly encrypted via MX Live USB Maker tool. Again, you can install MX encrypted during installation with just ticking a box, no matter if it's the official ISO or your snapshot.
Pro Easy to use
Pro Easy install
Pro No systemd
Pro Very stable
Pro Based on Debian
It is based on Debian and not based on Ubuntu.
Pro Good MX Tools and Package Installer
MX Linux comes with its own set of tools called MX Tools, designed to make life easier for users.
Pro Live-Session boots fastest after Puppy
After Puppy Linux (which's aimed to run from RAM and which is smaller in size) the second fastest (head & shoulders) booting one (together with the sister project antiX) and also has the option "toram" to run from RAM. Yes, not only when compared to full distros, even far faster than small sized or tiny distros, especially when booted to "live-session", about 2 - 2.5 times faster on an old single core laptop.
Pro Can also be used as an emergency tool
It has almost all tools to repair non booting systems or recover files & folders and save them on a safe place. And when thought together with it starts quick on live-session. In addition, you can do these with "your own", customized distro (snapshot).
Con Customization is a bit hidden
GUI is not straight forward for changing GTK+ or QT themes.
Con Deepin store apps not up to date
Con Based in China
Con Cannot customize desktop environment.
Because the developers have locked down desktop customization is A HUGE detractor against the idea of setting things up how you want.
Con Team doesn't know what to do
Deepin has changed the base 4 times, and the name 3 times. The Desktop Environment also has been changed 4 times.
Con Slow default repos
Download speed for packages from the default repos, is abnormally slow if you don't choose the correct sever.
Con The only Linux distro that cant restart normally (on a pc)
Con Pretty laggy
Con Strange development organization
There aren't any sort of improvements over Deepin v15.1, though the only changes are icons, that become better.
Con Very slow installer
Because the servers are in China.
Con Installer lacks features
Con Remixed Debian testing
It's mainly a Debian stable with some recompiled/backported Debian testing packages.
Con Causes overheating on some hardwares
Other debian based XFCE distros- Xubuntu, Debian XFCE, Devuan leave small footprint on system whereas MXLinux uses too much CPU resources on same system.
Con 10s of media players preinstalled
Con Old software
Many software applications are older.
Con Longer boot time
Con Too much customization
Con Only one Desktop Environment
Con More than 50 tweaking softwares pre-installed
Con Includes non-free drivers
Con Installer and configuration tools are different
Installer and configuration tools are different and can take some time getting used to.