When comparing Deepin OS vs Solus, the Slant community recommends Solus for most people. In the question“What are the best Linux distributions for desktops?” Solus is ranked 18th while Deepin OS is ranked 52nd.
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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 Rolling release
Pro Modern desktop environment
The default desktop environment used by Solus is called Budgie and is quite nice and minimalistic.
Pro Easy installation
The installation procedure for this distribution is quite simple. It's GUI based and all you have to do is to follow the instructions given by the installation window itself.
Pro Exclusively for desktop systems
Pro Great package management
The software center makes it really easy to install the latest software through Snappy and Flatpak. Including third party software.
System boots quickly and stays responsive. Does what operating system should do, and does it really well.
The system itself is very stable. All packages in the repository seem to be carefully picked, well prepared and run stable.
Pro Seamless Packages
It may not have the most obscure packages, but the packages it does have is a good number of everything a Linux user needs. Gamers, developers, desktop users, etc. all have the necessary packages and then some. The packages themselves are integrated perfectly and are very well updated.
Pro Rock-solid Distro
Very stable and well curated.
Pro Rolling Release Model
Wich means you don't have to suffer from version to version updates that can break it.
Pro Most stable Rolling Release Distro
Pro Default experience is clean and easy
The default desktop experience on the Budgie version is very clean and streamlined. Although the Budgie DE isn't the most customisable, but it's customisable enough for me to recreate the desktop style of ElementaryOS with the dock and bar at the top.
Pro Friendly towards proprietary codecs, firmware and drivers.
So you won't have to enable PPAs or extra repos for that.
Pro Well curated software
The software is well curated in the repos, you have access to flatpaks and snaps, so virtually, all the software you'll ever need is there for you.
Pro Lightening fast boot time
Pro Built from scratch
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 Not much software
There is not much software available.
Con There is often a black screen after update
Con An upgrade breaks the system quite often
Con Forums are not very friendly
Con Lack of software in repositories
There is a lack of software in the repositories. This is the only OS where I have had to build some applications from source or install from the app's site within the first month os usage. Though this is most likely because the distro is still relatively new.
Con No USB Image writer
Con The default desktop environment is not very customizable
Maybe because it's a relatively new project still in its infancy and this may be fixed in the future, but Budgie is not very customizable. You can only change the theme and wallpaper.