Took me awhile to figure out how to get into my newly installed Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE) GUI, and probably took even longer to figure out how to shutdown the system since the ‘Shutdown Button’ didn’t work!? ‘Shutdown Button’ worked on the ‘Live’ USB.

  • Am using both the ‘Apevia’ Ryzen™ Linux test computer and also the ‘InWin’ Intel Linux test computer in order to ‘Double-Check’ myself ‘n test results.

Downloaded ExTiX Linux early yesterday – extix-20.10-64bit-deepin-20-live-2640mb-201021 ISO – to see how their Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE) worked. It was excellent, even after the TTY console login welcome after installation, but then another problem showed up after updating ‘n tweaking ‘n testing. The ‘Shutdown Button’ didn’t work. Speakers worked right away, so no Sound setting changes were needed for ExTiX Deepin 20.10.

Will probably load this post up with pics, since the installation pics of the Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE) installer are about the same for most Distros (some are installed using the command prompt). First, here’s a cropped ‘n edited pic of the TTY console login after all the installation steps were complete:

What would you enter at the karmi@karmi-PC’s blinking prompt?! Embarrassed to say, but I installed ExTiX Deepin 20.10 a lot before finally figuring out what to enter in order to reach the DDE GUI desktop. I would get ‘pissed’ after being greeted at the login ‘Window’ by a TTY console wanting my account name ‘n password; however, I became furious when it became obvious that ‘SoMeThInG’ needed to be entered at the blinking prompt before I could reach the newly installed DDE GUI desktop, and I just gave up ‘n reformatted the installation target disk…ooops! Did the installation fail? I dunno…just a blinking prompt waiting for me to enter ‘SoMeThInG’, I think!? Longtime expert Terminal-Centric Linux users would’ve known what to enter, but humble me is just a Linux Newbie since 1996. I just gave up ‘n reformatted the disk, only to end up trying it again later!?!

I’ve tested a lot of Distros since my first blog post here on January 6, 2019, and at some point in the late afternoon yesterday, the word “startx” popped into my mind. OK…that was from another Distro test (tests?) where the instructions said to enter “startx” in the TTY console. Well, maybe that would work with ExTiX Deepin 20.10, but I had to reinstall it again to test it since that disk had been recently reformatted…ooops!

OK…great ‘n “startx” did work! BTW, I also had a Hyper-V ExTiX Deepin virtual installation going on my main computer ‘Antec Jr.’ (a WIN10 Pro machine only), but was never able to reach the DDE GUI desktop there either; however, I never deleted it so was able to go and do a double-check there. Bummer!!! “startx” didn’t work there!?! Did some more searching and saw where someone entered “sudo startx” to get their GUI working. Yep, that “sudo startx” worked in Hyper-V also.

Believe it or not, many Longtime ‘Radical’ Linux users often wonder why more people don’t like their keyboard-based Terminal-Centric OSes. Here’s a free Tip for ‘em: ‘Think – Wheeeeeeeeeeel Mouse’!

Here are a few select pics of the ‘Live’ USB ExTiX Deepin 20.10 installation process, which is similar to the other Distros that I’m also slowly DDE testing, and they may be helpful for some (and I also may use them in future posts in this series). Usual language and keyboard selections, and then the Create Partitions step. Make sure to always double-check that the correct target disk is selected…BTW, Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE) installations have all required at least a “64 GB” disk, and USB target disks haven’t worked for me either. Have been using test 120-128GB SSD’s…however, this next pic is from the Hyper-V ExTiX Deepin virtual installation because I can grab pics in the virtual environment, but not in the ‘Live’ environment:

Then it starts the Install step:

Live’ installation went faster on the ‘Apevia’ Ryzen™ test computer than it did on the ‘InWin’ Intel, but not a lot faster.

Live’ installation steps finish, and time to “Reboot Now” ‘n remove the “installation media” for the final target disk processing steps…basically double-checking the language ‘n keyboard previous ‘Live’ selections. Then it has a Select Timezone:

Followed by Create Accounts:

Another user ‘Password Dependent’ Distro with no option for a Fulltime Linux Root User login. Next, it starts Tuning the system:

Then it does an automatic reboot into the TTY console:

After entering account name, password, and then “startx” it boots into the Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE) GUI desktop where you can start updating ‘n tweaking ‘n testing the newly installed OS:

As noted earlier, unlike Deepin 20.1, the sound worked in ExTiX Deepin 20.10:

ExTiX Deepin 20.10 had automatically selected ‘n checked the correct Output audio device – red rectangle at bottom of above pic.  Deepin 20.1 had selected the Output audio device in the red rectangle at the top of that pic, and it couldn’t be changed – resulting in No Sound.

After updating ‘n tweaking ‘n testing the new ExTiX Deepin 20.10 installation, humble me was ready to shutdown the computer:

WHAT!?! The ‘Shutdown Button’ doesn’t work?!? Now what? Well, hit the computer’s power button at this point, because I was too tired to mess with it anymore!

Sometimes later, after resting, I decided to try the Terminal in an attempt to shutdown ExTiX Deepin 20.10. Hey, the TTY console was needed to get into the DDE GUI desktop, so maybe the Terminal could shutdown the OS without forcing a shutdown with the power button. You can reboot a Linux Distro from the Terminal, but I had never tried a full shutdown from there:

Typed in the ‘shutdown’ command (?!?) and it scheduled a shutdown in about 60-65 seconds. This problem was the same on ‘Apevia’ AMD Ryzen™ and ‘InWin’ Intel test computers. Also, if there were any instructions about the “startx” entry at a TTY console and/or instructions on how to shutdown the computer from the Terminal, then I must’ve missed them.

Well, as Slim Hiller once said: ‘Enough!!!’  😉

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!