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Deepin 2014 review

Deepin 2014 review

July 21, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Deepin is a desktop distribution that’s based on Ubuntu Desktop. It used to be called Linux Deepin, but the new name is just Deepin. Deepin 2014, the latest version,...

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How to use Deepin 2014 Guest account

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Managing startup applications on Deepin 2014

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Manual disk partitioning guide for Deepin 2014

Manual disk partitioning guide for Deepin 2014

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5 reasons to switch to Deepin 2014

5 reasons to switch to Deepin 2014

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Deepin 2014 has been released

Deepin 2014 has been released

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