Few days ago the release of the stable version of UbuntuDDE 20.04 was released, which is an edition developed by third parties but that aspires to become and be added to the list of official Ubuntu flavors. This new version of UbuntuDDE 20.04 It is based on the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS code base and ships with the DDE graphical environment (Deepin Desktop Environment).
As it is not an official flavor, this distribution is considered a Remix version and that by making use of the components of Deepin's desktop environment (which are developed using the C / C ++, Qt 5 and Go languages) we can find several key characteristics of this environment, among which we can highlight the panel, which supports several modes of operation. In classic mode, a more explicit separation of open windows and applications offered for startup is performed, and the system tray area is displayed.
The effective mode is somewhat similar to Unity, mixing indicators of running programs, selected applications, and control applets (volume / brightness settings, connected drives, clocks, network status, etc.).
The program's start interface is displayed in full screen and offers two modes: view your favorite applications and browse the catalog of installed programs.
UbuntuDDE 20.04 Features
UbuntuDDE offers the launch of the Deepin 5.0 desktop and a set of specialized applications developed by the Deepin project Linux, including Deepin file manager, DMusic music player, DMovie video player, and DTalk message system.
Of the differences regarding Deepin Linux, layout redesigned and Ubuntu Software Center application replaced, UbuntuDDE ships software packages directly from the Ubuntu Repository, whose mirrors are spread around the world and available to everyone.
With which any application can be downloaded from the Ubuntu Software Center, which supports both APT and Ubuntu's universal software package system, Snap. The UbuntuDDE team also presents updates (OTA) to distribute security fixes regularly from the upstream repository to all DDE packages.
Of the main features of this version are mentioned:
- Ubuntu 20.04 LTS base system
- Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE) version 5.0
- Latest updated software packages
- Ubuntu Software Center (Support with Snap and APT)
- LTS (long term support) with Ubuntu 20.04
- Beautiful modern and stable design
- Deepin Stock software included and pre-installed
- Better support for drivers
- Includes Linux Kernel version 5.4
- Win Window Manager
- Major and minor bug fixes for UbuntuDDE 20.04 Beta
- Future OTA updates for the operating system.
Finally, If you want to know more about this launch, you can check the details In the following link.
Download and get UbuntuDDE 20.04
Finally, for those who are interested in obtaining the UbuntuDDE 20.04 installation image should go to the official website of the distro and in its download section you will find the links to download it.
The size of the iso image is 2 GB. The link is this.
Regarding the requirements In order to start the download and installation, first check the minimum requirements for its installation, which are:
- Have at least 2 GB of RAM
- Have at least 30 GB of free disk space
- A 2 GHz or faster processor
- DVD reader or USB port for installation media.
To be able to record the image on a USB device, you can use Etcher which is a multiplatform tool (Windows, Linux and Mac OS).
Or in the case of those who use Windows, they can also opt for Rufus, which is also an excellent tool.
Regarding the installation process, This is not the same as what we can find in Deepin but uses the same type of installation as in any other flavor of Ubuntu we can find (which is a shame, since Deepin's installer is very intuitive and simple).