Deepin desktop environment(DDE) is an elegant desktop environment written in Qt. It is the default desktop environment for Chinese-based distribution named Deepin. DDE supports most Linux operating systems such as Arch Linux, Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE etc. In this guide, we will see how to install Deepin desktop environment in Arch Linux. In our previous posts, we wrote about Budgie and MATE DE installation in Arch Linux. If you’re interested to try them, have a look at the following links.
- How To Install GNOME Desktop Environment In Arch Linux
- Install Budgie Desktop Environment in Arch Linux
- Install MATE Desktop Environment in Arch Linux
Install Deepin desktop environment in Arch Linux
Make sure your Arch Linux distribution is up-to-date.
To update Arch Linux distro, run the following command as root user from Terminal:
$ sudo pacman -Syu
Once the system is updated, reboot it to apply the changes.
$ sudo reboot
Now, we need to install xorg (X Window System) that provides graphical environment.
$ sudo pacman -S xorg xorg-server
Finally, run the following command to install Deepin desktop environment.
$ sudo pacman -S deepin
Additionally, you can install deepin-extras package to install Deepin game center, Deepin video player, Deepin music player, Deepin screen-shot tools, and Deepin terminal etc.
To do so, run:
$ sudo pacman -S deepin-extra
That's it. Deepin DE has been installed. Let us go ahead and configure the display manager.
Configure Deepin DE display manager
Deepin DE uses lightdm display manager. You need to enable DDE's lightdm greeter.
To do so, edit:
$ sudo vi /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf
Find the following line:
And, uncomment and change it as shown below.
Then, start and enable lightdm login manager to start at boot as shown below.
$ sudo systemctl start lightdm.service
$ sudo systemctl enable lightdm.service
Now, reboot your Arch Linux to log in to the Deepin DE.
Login to Deepin DE
Here it is how my Deepin DE login screen screen looks like. Enter your password to login.
Done! Start using Deepin DE.
Deepin DE is elegant and eye-candy. DDE works fine just out of the box, and has all goodies that brings a near perfect desktop experience.
Here are some screenshots of my Arch Linux with Deepin DE.
Deepin File manager:
Beautiful, isn't it?
Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
If you have any sound problems, install pulseaudio packages.
$ sudo pacman -S pulseaudio pulseaudio-alsa
If you have any flickering problem or blank screen after installing Deepin, try to install lightdm-deepin-greeter using command:
$ sudo pacman -S lightdm-deepin-greeter
And, then reinstall deepin:
$ sudo pacman -Syu deepin
Reboot and see if it works. I tested it in my Arch Linux virtual machine. It worked just fine without any problems.
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