How to Install Deepin (DDE) on Fedora 37/36/35

The Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE) is a desktop environment for the Linux operating system that aims to provide users with a beautiful and intuitive experience. DDE is based on the Qt5 toolkit and is designed to be easy to use and customize and features a number of built-in applications, such as a file manager, music player, and video player, that are designed to be simple and sleek. Additionally, DDE offers a variety of different themes and wallpapers that can be used to change the look and feel of the desktop. For users of Fedora, DDE can be easily installed and used as an optional choice for those that like to hop between desktops.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the Deepin Desktop Environment on Fedora 37/36/35 Workstation desktop using the command line terminal, some tips, and a quick first look at the desktop environment.

Recommended Steps Before Installation

Increase DNF Speed

When installing desktop environments or packages that have extensive packages/dependencies required, it can often be slow. A fast way to fix many of these issues is to increase your DNF download speed by enabling parallel downloads and mirrors.

Please visit my tutorial on achieving this by visiting How to Increase DNF Speed on Fedora Linux.

Update Fedora

First, ensure that your system is up-to-date, as this is essential when installing secondary desktop environments with the following command.



sudo dnf upgrade --refresh -y

Install Deepin Desktop Environment on Fedora Linux

Deepin Desktop Environment is featured in Fedora 36’s repositories making the installation relatively straightforward. To begin the installation, use the following command.

sudo dnf group install "Deepin Desktop" -y

The installation may take several minutes depending on the age of your hardware and especially your internet connection. Overall, the download is roughly around 520MB, and the size of disk space required afterward is about 1.5GB.

Once the installation has finished, you need to reboot your PC. This can be done quickly while still in your terminal using the following command.

reboot

Login to Deepin Desktop Environment on Fedora Linux

Once you have restarted your desktop, you will arrive at your login screen.

DO NOT LOG IN STRAIGHT AWAY. 

First, you need to change and verify the desktop environment by clicking on the clog in the right-hand corner of the screen and then you select “Deepin” instead of the default “GNOME.”



Example (Click Image Expand):

change to deepin de at login on fedora linux

Most likely once you login for the first time you should see a friendly reminder screen that will give you options between two different effect modes for your desktop experience.

Example:

friendly reminder desktop performance reminder setting for deepin de on fedora linux

Select “Normal Mode” if you are using a virtual machine installation of Fedora or else you will notice issues. Users on bare-metal, which would be the majority unless you have low performing hardware or computer, select “Effect Mode” if this message appears and you are not using any virtualization.

Deepin Desktop Environment on Fedora Linux

Once logged in, you will immediately notice a different amount of changes, including a sleek theme that has kept the core preferences of Fedora in mind. The taskbar is now located at the bottom of the screen. The theme would feel similar to alternatives such as Cinnamon or MATE with a small set of unique applications.

One example of a unique application is the system monitor, which is probably the best one, in my opinion.



Example:

example system stats deepin and fedora linux

One of the first things you may want to change is the theme, which can be found under Control Center > General Settings > Personalisation.

Example (Click Image Expand):

select personalization for deepin on fedora linux
select a theme color for deepin de on fedora linux

And that’s it; you have installed the Deepin Desktop. Be sure to check out the features in the settings menus, you can customize the Deepin desktop quite a lot, and it has different options to GNOME.

Example of Folders (Click Image Expand):

example folder look with dark theme with deepin desktop and fedora linux
deepin de about information with fedora linux info.

Update Deepin Desktop Environment on Fedora Linux

Run the standard DNF update commands for future updates for the Deepin desktop environment and any default DNF packages.



sudo dnf update

When updates are available, run the standard upgrade command as you would with any other DNF package.

sudo dnf upgrade

Ideally, you should use this command instead, as the other methods are depreciated.

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh -y

Remove Deepin Desktop Environment on Fedora Linux

Use the following terminal command for users who wish to remove the desktop environment.

sudo dnf group remove "Deepin Desktop"

Once complete, reboot your system.

reboot

With Fedora alternative desktop installs, removing these mainly works well, but you may find some leftover applications or instabilities you need to fix yourself.

For more information on using Deepin Desktop Environment, visit the official documentation.




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