Hello people, today I come to tell you what is happening with Deepin. For those who are not very involved or for those who are more outside than inside the Deepin community, it may seem that nothing is happening, but quite the opposite, a lot is happening.

For the comfort of all, I am going to tell only the most relevant, leaving out many of the details, and even so it was very long, and I decided to publish in three parts. This is the first of them.


May 2019

Huawei lock - Huawei is prohibited from pre-installing Google apps on its devices.

May 2019
September 2019

Deepin 20 Announcement - The first release date for November 2019 is announced. First video showing the new look of Deepin 20.

September 2019
November 2019

New UOS website chinauos.com.

Voice Assistant Announced - This implies integration with artificial intelligence for voice recognition.

Creation of Tongxin Software - Wuhan Deepin Technology becomes Tongxin Software subsidiary

UOS 20 beta leaked - UOS has the Deepin 20 aspect, there is confusion because it was not known if it was replacing Deepin or if it was something separate.

Work to improve support for processors developed in China - Mention processors Loongson, Shenwei, FeitengHiSilicon (Kumpeng) Zhaoxin Y Haiguang.

Deepin developer interview - First indications that the next launch will be in January 2020, but we still thought they were referring to Deepin 20.

November 2019
February 2020

Deepin 20 delay announced - They announce that they are delayed, it will postpone for March Deepin 20 beta and for April the final version. Weeks earlier, in informal talks, they had said they would bring the launch forward to the end of February.

February 2020
April 2020

Deepin 20 beta release - A rush release, with incomplete translations in all languages, in response to community pressures, is actually UOS modified. It has kernel 5.3.

April 2020


Analyzing the previous chronology, we can see that Deepin 20 has been developed in the context of big and very important changes in China. In response to the blockade of Huawei by the Trump government, China's government and industry are aware that having computer sovereignty is a priority, so that no foreign entity can prohibit them from using key technologies for the administration, industry and commerce, and thus avoid that the government or Chinese companies suffer harm similar, or worse, than that received by Huawei for the prohibition of the use from the Google platform.

They also seek sovereignty in computer security, to avoid possible hidden back doors that may have equipment and systems with foreign technology.

The strategy taken is to stop using any hardware or software, whose licenses are controlled from outside China and which allow the government or companies to prohibit the use of the technologies related to these licenses. To achieve this, they have set out to develop a new unified ecosystem of hardware and software, to replace everything that represents a risk to computer sovereignty.

The new unified ecosystem requires ensuring that all hardware and software components are compatible with each other. The new ecosystem must be attractive and accessible to manufacturers and developers. To achieve this in a coordinated, unified and fast way, they are using open source. They are also making technologies developed by veteran companies such as Huawei accessible to small and startups so that they collaborate and build on community-developed components, allowing creative minds to focus on creating and innovating, saving years or decades. of work to all involved.

For example, allows access to artificial intelligence technology developed by Huawei, cloud computing, tools for big data, among other. This implies an explosion of innovation and development of new technologies, not only in computing, but in all technical, scientific, academic, electronic, material development, medicine, construction, military, and even agriculture areas.

To join this ecosystem they have established processes of compatibility and quality certification.

But it all starts with something, and they started with the basics, replace Windows and its entire ecosystem for its own ecosystem. They have also started the process of replacing foreign processors with developed in China.

The strategy that they will follow with the new unified ecosystem of hardware and software is to establish themselves in the Chinese domestic market and then, when they have a solid base, go out to compete in the international market.

Some think that this process of replacing Windows within China will take more than a decade, but for the government it is a very high priority, A goal has been to replace all software and hardware with foreign and restrictive licenses in all government institutions and agencies by the end of 2022. This includes all government offices, the headquarters of the communist party and the army.

Direct government intervention, coupled with strong nationalist sentiment among the Chinese, will accelerate substitution much more than many in the West imagine, so what some believe will take more than a decade, the Chinese are seeking to do so in about 5 years approximately.


Tongxin Software, whose international name is Union Tech, was created in late November 2019, with a starting capital of 459 million yuan (65.8 million US dollars), with the aim of creating the foundations of the new ecosystem, starting with the replacement of Windows in China. Its current CEO is Liu Wenhuan, founder of Wuhan Deepin Technology Co. Ltd .. Tongxin Software is basically a alliance of companies, the day I wrote these words, it had 135 associated companies, but it is growing little by little and includes Epson, HP, Lenovo, Foxit, 360 Security, Tencent, WPS, Deepin and Huawei, to mention the best known to us. It has also been announced that Wuhan Deepin Technology is now a subsidiary of Tongxin Software.

What Tongxin Software is looking for is to create an ecosystem that replaces Windows, macOS, Android and iOS within China, and consolidate within China. Then, in the coming years, go out to the international market to compete with Microsoft, Apple, Google, Intel, AMD, Nvidia and in general with computing devices at the corporate and domestic level.

It can easily be inferred that once the foundation of the new unified ecosystem has been built, to achieve its goal of replacing Windows in China, replacements will be developed for the main applications that have hindered Windows migrations to GNU / Linux desktop systems, including Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, Photoshop, developed in a collaborative ecosystem, with the support of the government and companies, this will favor the development of high-quality applications, they will have nothing to envy their counterparts in the Microsoft ecosystem. Deepin users will benefit from all this.

Well, I think that is enough for today, the second part will be published on Sunday, August 2.


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Victor Sanchez
Victor Sanchez (@victorsanchez)
9 meses atrás

Good article and well explained.
Thank you

Jare GM
Jare GM (@jaregm)
9 meses atrás

Thank you, Isaías Gätjens, for contextualizing the situation in which you are developing deepin, the product of interest to this free software community. It is evident that in Tongxin Software they are developing an enormous work already against the clock. It should be borne in mind that, for the moment, the use of GNU / Linux systems in China is very low, and the objective is what you are aiming for: own national development of hardware and software. So it is understood that at this time there is no exact parallelism between the development model of UOS-deepin and Red Hat and Fedora. They have to launch UOS as the locomotive of the Windows replacement process, which is the most widely used system in China. A note: until now Ubuntu Kylin has been the distribution officially supported by the Chinese authorities. And let's not forget: another factor that has negatively influenced this period of time has been the Covid-19 pandemic, which initially affected Wuhan (Hubei), the workplace of deepin developers.

Vicente Blanco
Vicente Blanco (@vicente544blanco)
9 meses atrás

It will be free of western rear doors, but it will have the new eastern rear doors, a timely change for the Chinese jiji no but seriously good analysis of the situation.

danny672007 (@danny672007)
Respondiendo a  Isaías Gätjens M
9 meses atrás

I agree, thanks for letting us know!

Luis Serrano
Luis Serrano (@luis-serrano)
Respondiendo a  Vicente Blanco
9 meses atrás

If it is oriental it doesn't matter because everything stays at home hahaha

Car (@car)
9 meses atrás

Terrific; I would like to note that it is very feasible that Deepin Mail and Deepin Phone Master will be incorporated in the final. Regarding the trade war, in the news yesterday I read that Trump suggests to American companies that they leave Asia and migrate their plants to Latin America. Finally I will feed the rumor that it is launched in August hahaha we will see …… ..

SmileyDrooler (@smileydrooler)
9 meses atrás

Interesting and detailed, waiting for part 2

G4SP3R (@g4sp3r)
9 meses atrás

Excellent article, to wait for part 2

Эли (@eli)
9 meses atrás

Excellent reading, pleasant and clear. Super interesting that graph.

jhalo (@jhalo)
9 meses atrás

Very good and complete, waiting for the 2nd part

Juan Miguel
Juan Miguel (@juanmiguel)
9 meses atrás

El tema de las puertas traseras no es baladí. No es lo mismo que una empresa occidental de un país democrático intente recolectar datos, que un país tiránico, dictatorial y opresor lo haga. Si vosotros consideráis que es lo mismo, es que no habéis tenido el más mínimo contacto ni vivido en una sociedad así.

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