Deepin Linux Control Center in Practice Part 3
Continued from Deepin Linux Control Center in Practice Part 2
9. Boot Menu - Having written tutorials for customizing the boot menu for openSUSE, I like the addition of the Boot Menu options in Deepin Linux Control Center. It's not always simple to replace the background at boot in some Linux distros, so the ability to drag images directly to change it is a pretty welcome customization.
The other settings found in Deepin Linux Control Center are more for basic settings for desktop users: Sound, Date and Time, Power Management, Keyboard, Keyboard Shortcuts and System Information.
Having access to these settings directly on the desktop is convenient as compared to say digging deeply into several windows. Power users who like keyboard shortcuts will like access to the Keyboard Shortcuts settings in Control Center. Deepin Linux users can not only change standard keyboard combinations for workspaces and windows, but add their own. If you haven't memorized standard Linux keybindings, the Keyboard Shortcuts panel can also be a useful reference. There are also keyboard combos unique only to Deepin Linux, such as CTRL+ALT+A for Deepin window screenshots.
Power Management settings may not be as useful for desktop installations but laptop users will probably want to review the lid and power button settings when they start using Deepin Linux.
One curious setting in the Mouse panel is the ability to switch the primary button from either the Left Button or the Right button. It's a basic setting in other Linux distributions but still surprising to see it highlighted.
Although Deepin Linux doesn't have the popularity of other Linux distributions, the Deepin Linux Control Center is well-designed and will definitely prove useful for casual Linux users. It also helps that the design is well thought out and attractive. The Deepin desktop environment isn't going to be a popular template for future desktop environments, but many will find its many desktop elements, which includes the Control Center, as a useful inspiration.
Additional Deepin Linux Notes
1. The China-based Deepin Linux includes Google Chrome by default. This is surprising considering the Google download page for Chrome is blocked in China.
2. The dock you find in Deepin Linux works hand-in-hand with the Deepin Linux Control Center. The horizontal strip uses "Fashion Mode" by default and is used for notifications, volume, battery and quickly disabling Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Comparisons to MacOSX is inevitable but you can always switch the dock to "Classic Mode" to revert to the appearance of a standard Panel or use "Efficient Mode", which has the appearance of a Windows System Tray.
3. Crossover Codeweavers Deepin, Deepin Screenshot, Deepin Boot Maker, Deepin Movie and Deepin Music are only a few of the "exclusive" Deepin desktop applications. They are all competent applications although most Linux users have probably become accustomed to favorites such as Rhythmbox and VLC.
4. Deepin Store is the primary software manager for Deepin Linux. Tasks such as managing packages and updating software are all performed in Deepin Store. You can select your mirror and comment on applications by signing in with your optional Deepin account. You would, however, have to add PPAs or other repositories from the Terminal or use a different Debian-based software manager.