Deepin OS becomes the first Linux distro to offer face unlock
When Deepin first arrived on the scene, it blew people away with its beautiful interface.
As time passed and the developers became more experienced, their focus shifted to include the design and features users find in other commercial desktop OS offerings, i.e. Windows and macOS. Deepin was the first distro to offer support for Android apps, cloud sync option and more.
And believe me, it’s too good.
Linux distributions have a variety of offerings in the form of different desktop environments. Deepin looks mainstream which can attract a younger crowd.
With the same goal in mind, China-based Deepin developers have released version 20.5 and the main highlight is facial recognition.
New features in Deepin 20.5
The new version has added more features based on the feedback from the users. The stable core version has now been upgraded to 5.15.24 with several bug fixes to improve security.
Let’s see what else is new in this release.
Face unlock is coming to Linux
I know things like this already exist on the horizon. After all, I wrote a detailed guide on adding face unlock functionality to Linux distributions using programs like Howdy.
However, these things were more DIY, extra things for experienced and exciting users.
Deepin now offers the face-based biometric authentication method. It should work on laptops with a built-in webcam.
Once you have registered your face in the control center, you can log into the system with Face ID from the next time onwards.
Easy collection of feedback from users in the App Store
You can now easily send feedback on an application from the App Store directly.
It’s not that. When you have app installation and update issues, you can submit the issues on the app page directly to the official support and get solutions (if provided by the developer).
Improved Mail app
Deepin Mail apps now support custom folder management. It can also receive email automatically after network connection. The framework and plugins have been replaced with the popular vue+tinymce.
You can now jump to new emails directly by clicking system notifications. For better productivity, you can put regular emails and aggregated emails on top. Email attachments can also be previewed.
The built-in screenshot tools now allow you to pin the screenshots. In this way, the captured screenshot remains on top of other program windows. This way you can use other apps at the same time and thus increase your efficiency. And yes, the position of the pinned screenshot can be moved.
Here are some other changes in the new Deepin 20.5 release:
- Stable kernel has been updated to 5.15.24
- Multiple IPs can be specified for a single wired network adapter
- Password authentication interaction for wireless networks is optimized
- System search can now use file types and extensions as keywords
- Device Manager allows you to disable or enable devices
- Document viewer performance for viewing DOCX files has been optimized
There are several small features and improvements here and there. You can read about them in the release notes.