How To Install Deepin Desktop Environment on Linux Mint 19 / Ubuntu 18.04/19.04

Question: How can I install Deepin Desktop Environment on Linux Mint 19 / Ubuntu 18.04?. Deepin Desktop Environment is the default DE for Deepin Linux Distribution. It is based on Qt 5 toolkit and focuses on intuitive design – You’ll love this Desktop Environment.

Deepin was featured on our list of Best Linux Desktop Distributions to try in 2019. Below are the steps to install Deepin Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 18.04 / Linux Mint 19.

Step 1: Add PPA Repository

Note that the Deepin Desktop Environment packages for Ubuntu 18.04 and Linux Mint 19 are available on a third-party PPA. They are not maintained by Deepin, Ubuntu or Linux Mint developers.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:leaeasy/dde
 [sudo] password for jmutai:         
 You are about to add the following PPA:
  You can install deepin desktop environment by run
 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:leaeasy/dde
 sudo apt-get update
 apt-get install dde
 Ubuntu Bionic: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xkQPb4tWocknuYeY-t41W--kz-9SSL0V/view?usp=sharing
 Important Issue:
 Q: Can dde on Ubuntu 16.04?
 A: Sorry, the dde depends on qt version above than 5.6.
      If you want to install dde, please upgrade to 17.04 or above.
  More info: https://launchpad.net/~leaeasy/+archive/ubuntu/dde
 Press Enter to continue or Ctrl+C to cancel
 Executing: /tmp/apt-key-gpghome.s6XfmJJNGa/gpg.1.sh --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 5AF0BF5307D282B624D072ED2B96D83E7829A968
 gpg: key 2B96D83E7829A968: public key "Launchpad PPA for leaeasy" imported
 gpg: Total number processed: 1
 gpg:               imported: 1

Step 2: Update package list and install Deepin DE

After adding the repository, update the APT package index and install Deepin core packages.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install dde

Step 3: Install Other Deepin Packages (Optional)

Deepin doesn’t just provide a Desktop Environment, it is a bundle of other applications that give the best Desktop user experience. Install Deepin packages you want from the added repository.

Some of these applications are:

  • Deepin File Manager
  • Deepin Image Viewer
  • Deepin Movie
  • Deepin Screen Recorder
  • Deepin Music
  • Deepin Screenshot
  • Deepin Voice Recorder
  • Deepin Calender
  • Deepin System Monitor and many others.

Install the basic Deepin Applications by running the commands below in your terminal.

sudo apt-get install dde-file-manager deepin-calculator deepin-gtk-theme deepin-movie deepin-image-viewer deepin-screen-recorder deepin-screenshot deepin-terminal deepin-voice-recorder deepin-gtk-theme

Step 4: Login to Deepin Desktop Environment

Your Deepin Desktop Environment is now ready. Logout and select Deepin while logging in to start using it.

On the first login, you should see DDE which looks similar to below.

For the command line folks, screenfetch can give you details about your current Desktop session. Install it via:

sudo apt-get -y install screenfetch

Then run the screenfetch command.

From the output, you can see DE being Deepin 15 and Icon Theme is deepin.

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