Hi folks, today we finish this series of three articles to explain what's going on with Deepin. If you have not read the previous installments, here are the links to the first Y second part. Without further detours, let's continue.
DELAYS AND ABANDONMENT
In between is the pandemic, which although it was definitely an obstacle, I do not think it has affected much the delay of Deepin 20, I suspect that without the pandemic the delays in the launch of Deepin 20 would have been similar.
The development of UOS has been constant and uninterrupted since the end of 2019. The final version for members in January 2020, received the SP1 MarchIs launched UOS Personal Experience (Home) in May 2020, in July 2020 released UOS Enterprise Editionand it was already announced that UOS Personal Edition to be released soon (it is another version different from Personal Experience).
Meanwhile, the last update of Deepin 15 was in July 2019, Deepin 20 beta was released until April 2020, which, upon analysis, it is evident that it is a hastily modified UOS, released due to the pressure of the community. It then received a minor update on June 30. The latest is a round of tests at Deepin Internal testing between July 16 and 25.
It strikes me that the pandemic did not stop the development and releases of UOS, unlike Deepin. So I think that the pandemic has not had much weight in the Deepin 20 delay, especially considering that they have the same development team and share almost all the code.
In addition to this, the website of deepin.org did not publish any news from August 2019 to April 2020 when Deepin 20 beta was released. Only a couple of short announcements on the forum, to announce dates they were unable to meet and to apologize for the delays. Wuhan Deepin Technology staff activity on the forum was almost nil for around 10 months.
But we must take into account that in a year they rewrote the Deepin desktop, added new applications, created UOS in business, server and personal version, createdDeepinEulerfounded Tongxin Software and have created an alliance of more than one hundred companies, created the websites of chinauos.com Y uniontech.com, have actively participated by adding compatibility with: new processors with new architectures, different from AMD and Intel, hundreds of devices they use in offices, systems and government databases. Have recruited thousands of people between programmers and staff for customer service, training and support, with a view to replace Windows, something that neither Apple nor Google have achieved in decades, will do what Canonical has never been able to do with Ubuntu. The task is titanic and they are doing it in no time.
That is why they cannot be accused of no progress. So the available resources have been entirely focused on UOS, and there is almost nothing left for Deepin, not because of negligence or lack of interest, but because there were no more resources left. It is clear that UOS receives much more attention, but this is not unjustified, we have already explained the circumstances in which it is developing.
I consider that this stage, in which Deepin does not have so much priority, is not yet over. I am hopeful that the final version of Deepin 20 will be released before the end of September 2020. UOS is still under rapid development to meet the basic requirements to replace Windows. When they meet this objective and can develop the system without being in such a hurry, the normal dynamics that existed between Deepin and Deepin Pro will be resumed, but with UOS. I think that will happen until 2021. In short, these are difficult times to be a fan of Deepin.
Although officially this has not been admitted, possibly for image reasons, analyzing the events it can be deduced.
WHAT ROLE DOES THE DEEPIN COMMUNITY PLAY?
We can establish that there are two main entities, independent but closely related, Wuhan Deepin Technology as a company, and the Deepin community made up of Deepin users.
As mentioned before, Wuhan Deepin Technology is a private company that distributes its software for users to use, test, and even modify your software, without having to pay anything. In return, users generate feedback with comments, suggestions, and problem reports that help the company improve its applications and operating system.
Wuhan Deepin Technology manages and maintains the website deepin.org to give the official communiqués to the community. It also makes available to the Deepin community its forum as the main communication channel. The community also collaborates with the translations, in addition to the feedback already mentioned.
With this clear, it is clear that Wuhan Deepin Technology is not held accountable to the community, and the Deepin community is quite limited in what it can demand of Wuhan Deepin Technology and vice versa. The relationship is more than a friendship where they collaborate and build together, each with their specific role and scope, and not a contractual relationship of mutual obligations.
Of course, obviously Deepin community is subdivided by languages and regions, and even by countries in some cases. Many of these sub-communities have their own independent chat groups, social networks, forums and websites. But they all communicate with Wuhan Deepin Technology through deepin.org.
It should be clarified that Wuhan Deepin Technology does not publish the entire code of its software, and that it publishes, it does so until it has a certain maturity, and not during the early stages of development. This to protect your competitive advantages and maintain control of your projects.
OFFICIAL WEBSITES AND NETWORKS
The following is a list of links from official websites and social media where you can find information from Tongxin Software, Wuhan Deepin Technology, Deepin and UOS.
|Tongxin Software (Union Tech)||uniontech.com|
I see the future of Deepin with optimism, it is starting a completely different stage, a very hectic start, where many times not even the people of Wuhan Deepin Technology knew what was coming in the future, I can imagine the cascade of new tasks and projects They fell every week, constantly changing schedules and making it impossible to know when projects would end.
At this stage it only remains to be patient, the delays of Deepin 20 have not been due to negligence or abandonment, but because the circumstances do not allow it. Deepin is more alive than ever, the fruits of current and future investment will already be evident in a year. If the plans continue, I think Deepin could become the most important GNU / Linux desktop in a few years, and not as some say, that it will take more than 1 decade, but in the next 4 or 5 years.
Tongxin Software and the Chinese are making their reinterpretation of open source and free software, one in which companies, government and even politics have much more participation, influence and where not everything is necessarily open source, but a mixture of code open and proprietary software. They share and collaborate on what strengthens the ecosystem and save what gives them competitive advantages.
I make a parenthesis with politics, because have entered into agreements to cooperate and coordinate with distribution development teams in Russia, South Korea and Turkey. Obviously these countries are among the most politically aligned with China. It strikes me that these countries chose to start the internationalization of the UOS ecosystem, and they did not go to the Deepin community.
GNU purists will not like this, they will see it as heresy, but as usual, the Chinese do things their own way, possibly bringing open source, free software and especially GNU / Linux on the desktop, Where Canonical, or any other community or distribution, could never take it.