Have you checked in on Deepin, the Chinese (formerly Ubuntu-based) Linux distribution, recently?

I haven’t.

And it seems I’m missing out.

Deepin File Manager

deepin file manager

The Deepin team has today unveiled a brand new file manager app called, quelle surprise, “Deepin File Manager”.

And from the images they’ve shared it looks slicker and neater than my hair on a Friday night out.

Deepin describes its file manager (through the power of Google Translate) as having a “minimalist, flat style with a simple, elegant look”. 

It follows the classic file manager design and layout, simplifies user operation and introduces new features. Clear navigation bar, search box, a variety of views and sorting options you view and manage your documents in the way that suits you, to give you a better experience!”.

The breadcrumbs bar doubles up as an editable location field when clicked. Similarly, clicking the toolbar search button turns the breadcrumbs bar into a ‘powerful’ search box.

deepin file manager

There’s no word on when Deepin users can get a hold of the new file manager, or how. Or rather, if there is word Google Translate is garbling it.

It is possible to install the entire Deepin Desktop Environment (and its core app set) on Ubuntu, though it’s not recommended, and not without caveats.

But it can be done.

Deepin has never been a “me too” Linux distribution. It has forged ahead to create its own identity, its own desktop shell, app store, default apps, and user experience.

Do you like what you see of this file manager? Would it tempt you to switch from Nautilus? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Deepin is an Ubuntu-based distro. It used to be, but is no longer. 
Dev deepin