Chinese-made deepin 20.7 Linux distribution is ready to replace Windows 11 on your PC

One of the most beautiful and user-friendly operating systems is a Chinese Linux distribution called deepin. If you are unhappy with Windows 11 or macOS and are intrigued by Linux, deepin can be a great choice if you value beauty and well-designed user interfaces.

The latest version of this operating system, deepin 20.7, is now ready for download, and it is packed with bug fixes and new features such as improved advanced search with Google integration and a Mail app enhanced with a new calendar feature. Yes, this seems to be the best version of deepin so far!

“In deepin 20.7, we developed and integrated a lot of practical functions based on community user feedback, synchronized with upstream kernel version, fixed underlying vulnerabilities, upgraded stable kernel to V5.15.45, added HWE 5.18 kernel to be compatible with more devices and further improve system compatibility and security,” the development team explains.

The developers share a full changelog below.

Core

  • Updated lTS kernel to V5.15.45 following upstream.
  • Added HWE 5.18 kernel to be compatible with more devices.

Control center

  • Added the internal test entry in Control Center, through which you can enable the cursor to join the internal test.
  • Optimized the usage logic of input methods and keyboard layouts to better meet the usage habits of Chinese users and overseas users.
  • Added more formats for short dates.
  • Added the effect when right clicking on an application in the launcher.

Calendar

  • Added settings for “First day of week” – Sunday or Monday, effective in day view and year view.
  • Added support for creating new events by dragging and dropping a specific date to the right pane of Day View.
  • Optimized default size and minimum window size.
  • Optimized the logic for displaying red dots on gray dates in the year view.
  • Optimized the UI effect when clicking on a specific date in the year view.

Camera

  • Added support for saving videos in MP4 format.

Album

  • Optimized the minimum window size to 630*300 pixels.

Screenshot

  • Disabling text tool, options menu, scrolling screenshots, extracting text, pinning screenshots and screen recording on screen lockdown.

E-mail

  • Added calendar, supporting event management and synchronization.
  • Added support for batch import of CSV files.
  • Added recipient prediction function.
  • Added default font style settings for email composition.
  • Added more functions for graphical editing and rich text editor style configuration.
  • Added phishing reminders for some corporate mailboxes.
  • Added drag-and-drop interaction for importing and exporting contacts, and optimized vcf file field mapping.
  • Optimized the layout and display of the email body.
  • Optimized mailbox delete interaction.
  • Optimized the email loading logic.

Navigator

  • Added Google Translate to the context menu for translating English websites.
  • Added entries – New Window and New Incognito Window, if you right-click on the browser icon in the dock.
  • Optimized rounded corners and tab bar height.

great research

  • Auto changes the default search engine based on system languages.
  • The default search engine can be configured according to user needs.
  • A category’s “More” button under the search results can be triggered by the Enter key.

Others

  • Added support for Qt6.
  • The nvidia-vaapi-driver library is built-in, supporting enabling nvidia vaapi hard decoding for the Firefox browser.
  • Biometric authentication supports more Goodix fingerprint scanners.

DDE

  • Fixed: UI issues on some devices.

Music

  • Fixed: On some devices, when a song directory was added, all songs from other directories on the same level were also added.

Terminal

  • Fixed: When a terminal window was at a position across two monitors in dual monitor mode, pressing Ctrl+Shift+? to call the shortcut windows, their positions were different each time.

File manager

  • Fixed: If a USB stick was formatted in vfat, during the next disk formatting process, its format was displayed as ext3.
  • Fixed: After right-clicking multiple folders and opening them with File Manager, the package installer showed up instead of File Manager.
  • Fixed: After searching for non-existing files on the FTP server and returning to the top level directory, it displayed incorrectly.
  • Fixed: When “Show file system on disk icon” was checked or unchecked in settings, it did not take effect immediately.
  • Fixed: Hard-deleted folders were not completely deleted and no error message was displayed.
  • Fixed: Transfer progress for sending large files from smb servers displayed abnormally.

Film

  • Fixed: When playing audio files, the default volume was low
  • Fixed: Video could not be played if video name contained {}

Navigator

  • Fixed: The refresh effect was incorrectly displayed if you clicked “Retry” after the extension installation failed.
  • Fixed: Some videos on web pages cannot be played and failed to load the web page from Netease mailbox.
  • Fixed: background changes in a window were not synchronized with another opening window.

E-mail

  • Fixed: Event long name was not displayed completely in the text box when creating a new event.

Screenshot

  • Fixed: Text recognition accuracy was low if there was no large empty space around the image.

Image viewer

  • Fixed: Memory usage kept increasing causing memory leak during image switching and viewing process.

App store

  • Fixed: UI text issues.
  • Fixed: If the system language was Spanish or Polish, the app page was displayed incorrectly when the App Store was minimized.

Control center

  • Editing text in advanced settings for input methods.
  • Fixed: Third-level parameters of input methods cannot be searched in the Control Center search box.
  • Fixed: There was an input method dialog during system upgrades on some devices.
  • Fixed: Input method was not selected correctly if you right-clicked the input method icon while it was not getting focus.

Others

  • Fixed: Blurry screen was occurring in the Dock of devices with Radeon graphics cards.
  • Fixed: After closing multiple windows continuously, the window crashed and the window effect cannot be re-enabled after disabling it.
  • Fixed security vulnerabilities to improve system security.
  • Fixed: Unable to wake up WINE apps on some devices by clicking system tray icons if the display was scaled.
  • Updated qemu to resolve docker-desktop not working failure.
  • Updated flatpak to fix abnormal display of flatpak apps in Dock.
  • Powertop updated to fix the issue that some devices could not work properly.

If you want to download deepin 20.7, you can grab an ISO here. Should you replace Windows 11 with deepin today? Well, maybe not today if you have never used Linux. Before making a decision, you must first try deepin and make sure that it really meets your needs. If you install it, however, I ask you to share with me in the comments if you agree that it is one of the most beautiful operating systems.

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