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Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 06:01

Everything is fun with Deepin Twenty. If you are new to deepin, this article helps you to do things with your new computer in deepin ways. Check it out!

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I. For Individuals

  • 1) Change Password
  • 2) Change Language
  • 3) Autologin

System Settings
Change Password: as we already know, deepin 20 installation procedures obligate us complex password. If you want to change password in order to simplify it, you can and it's up to you, so go to System Settings > Accounts > select your username > type your current password > type your desired password > Save.

Language Settings
Change Language: if you accidentally find your deepin 20 installation in Chinese, you can turn it back to English by going to System Settings > Keyboard and Language > select American English (if you don't find it, click Plus and add it first) > relogin.

Autologin: you can make your deepin computer to be like your Windows computer. What I mean here is purely convenience just like most Windows users who can use their system right away after booting without login screen, and, more than that without typing password to rise from lock screen. In deepin, such conveniences are available, first is "Auto Login", second is "Login Without Password". Go to System Settings > Account > select your username > enable both > restart > enjoy. This kind of setup is very suitable for OEM computer vendors just in case you want to sell PCs or laptops with deepin GNU/Linux.

II. For Convenience

  • 1) Shortcuts and Icons
  • 2) Screenshot Setup
  • 3) Panel Ala Windows

Shortcuts and icons: same as your experiences with Windows or MacOS, here on deepin you can also put your apps and documents on desktop area. For apps, open up the start menu and Send To Desktop one by right-click. For documents and other files, open up File Manager and Send To Desktop one by right-click.

Screenshot setup:  deepin 20 by default holds experience exactly the same as Windows in taking screenshots. When you press Printscreen key, screenshot of whole screen stored in the clipboard and you should open Draw from start menu to paste and save the picture into file. It is just the same with Microsoft Paint. However if you prefer Ubuntu-like experience to take screenshots, open up first Screen Capture app from start menu > cursor changed into crosshair > position the cursor so the selection covers whole screen > click > select Pictures as storage path > screenshot saved.

Panel ala Windows: default bottom panel of deepin 20 is unique so perhaps many of you would feel uneasy with that. To revert back to Windows Seven-like panel, as that style is already a tradition for many, select Efficient Mode by a right-click on the panel.

III. For Works

  • 1) Get Telegram
  • 2) Activate Dark Theme
  • 3) Setup Email

Get Telegram: it is a fast and complete internet messenger. Learn more here to get it on your lovely deepin. By saying Telegram, I also mean that you can get other messengers as well such as Pidgin, Signal, Session, and Element.

Activate Dark Theme: mostly if you do programming or simply want to have fun, you can see your apps in black instead of white as deepin 20 supports it. Go to System Settings > Personalization > Dark Theme.

Setup Email: deepin brings Thunderbird the popular everyone's mail client. You can learn here to sync your Gmail with it so you can read mails offline.

IV. For Schools, Teachers and Students

  • 1) LibreOffice and Document Viewer
  • 2) Tuxmath and Friends
  • 3) Etherpad and Friends:

LibreOffice: we are the happiest as deepin includes the best free and professional office suite software LibreOffice. Learn here about LibreOffice Writer. It can produce all kinds of office documents no matter it is Microsoft Office's or Open Document format's or others'. It can create ebook and pdf instantly by clicking the Export PDF button. To read ebook and pdf, simply use built-in app Document Viewer.

Tuxmath and Friends: do you know that deepin brings complete set of educational applications? Starting for kids and kindergarten ages, we see Tuxmath - Tuxpaint - TuxTyping available. For middle school upwards, we see KAlgebra - KAlzium - Marble available. For universities and researchers, we see Scilab - GNU R - LaTeX available. get them all from App Store.

Ethercalc and Friends: if you're teacher here is Ethercalc you can use as simple online students presence form. It is a spreadsheet just like LibreOffice Calc or Microsoft Excel but accessible online. You can make one freely at Disroot. Similarly, you can also use Etherpad the word processor you can access freely at Disroot as well. If you need free and reliable video calls, I shared my experiences in I Teach With Jitsi last month you can learn from. Quickly access Jitsi for free at the official site.


AppImages await! Ever imagined installing software on GNU+Linux as easy as on Windows and macOS? That is already made real since a decade ago thanks to AppImage technology. Have not tried it? Find now Inkscape, Krita, LibreOffice, even video game Open Red Alert, available to download as individual file and run each of them by a double-click.

KeePassXC is a password manager everyone should have. Install it from App Store. With this, you save your credentials no matter how long or many they are and you can look at your passwords safely at any time.

Transmission is the most popular torrent client on GNU+Linux world. Install it from App Store. Have fastest download that is corrupt proof with it.

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