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"The Zorin OS team is proud to release Zorin OS 6 'Core' and 'Ultimate', the latest version of our operating system designed for Windows users and those who are dissatisfied with the Unity and GNOME Shell offerings. At the core of Zorin OS 6 lies our new and unique desktop environment named 'Zorin Desktop'. We also include our innovative Zorin Look Changer which allows users to choose between the Windows 7, XP and GNOME 2 graphical interfaces in Core as well as the Mac OS X, Unity and Windows 2000 interfaces in Zorin OS Ultimate. Zorin Desktop embraces all of the latest and greatest open-source software and technologies such as GTK+ 3 and other software applications from the GNOME 3 software stack, all without affecting the familiarity, usability and customizability of the desktop and retaining the Compiz window manager."
Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6
At the first trial of ZorinOS, the installer locked-up. I had asked for /home to be encrypted, and the second attempt, without encryption, went smoothly.
However all hell broke loose when I rebooted: 100% CPU usage, flashing screen, a panel crash, and a lockup. The customised Gnome desktop will not run without graphics acceleration, and the fall-back option is not automatically selected. But your intrepid reviewer is never discouraged. A fall-back desktop is there, and I was able to select it at login after installing gdm using a virtual terminal (having lost a battle with lightdm).
The main programs are LibreOffice, Google-Chrome, Thunderbird, Gwibber social networking, Totem, VLC, Rhythmbox, Openshot video editor, Gimp, Wine, and PlayOnLinux. Rhythmbox was dead, with an illegal instruction. VLC and Gwibber gave warnings in the CLI but ran satisfactorily. I didnít test Wine and Play-on-Linux, but the rest were fine. Codecs are installed and media files played perfectly (mp3s with the video players), as did a commercial DVD.
One of the features of Zorin is the ability to select a Windows-like panel, with a choice of XP or 7. I canít see the value of this. For example, workspaces are one of the great features of Linux: why disable them?
Configuration was a bit weak. The tool to select start-up programs only enabled you to add new ones, not to remove existing ones. There was nothing installed to manage daemons, and getting BUM didnít help: it showed several as not running when they were. The keyboard configuration tool said that my volume-control buttons were active, but they werenít. However, there was a tool to select my USB speakers, unusual for an Ubuntu derivative.
This is not a bad distro, but, as an Ubuntu derivative with customised Gnome, itís competing with Mint and Solus, and theyíre better.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: $20.00 | Rating: 10
Extremely easy install; More system and user-oriented software than one could possibly use; Everything is configured automatically like wireless/internet and printers; Installs alongside Windows easily for dual boot system
None that I have run into.
I have been using ZorinOS for three years, my experience differes from some other posts about ZorinOS on this site. I'd recommend ZorinOS for anyone who is on the fence as far as leaving the comfort of Windoze. I am extremely pleased with the distro, my third ZorinOS upgrade. Prior to ZorinOS, I was a Fedora bigit for about 3 years before switching to ZorinOS. I have never had problems with the distro (nor Fedora) from a security or failure standpoint. I've never had a virus, or system crash. This distro comes 'out of the box' with a full suite of OpenOffice (LibreOffice) that alows immediate access and distribution of any/all Windows Office documents, and more utility packages (DVD Copy, Sound, Video, Graphics) than you could possibly use. It is basically a turnkey distro, moreso than some of the others. Contrary to other opinions, it is easy to install new, and uninstall unwanted software using the Ubuntu Software Center from the main menu.
It is Ubuntu based. It is distributed from Europe on a DVD ($15) or you can download. The real strong feature of this distro is that a user can make the look and feel to match Windows 7, WindowsXP, Mac, Ubuntu, or many other configurations, at any time, with one mouse-click. It makes it especially easy for Windows users who want to migrate to Linux. ZorinOS, like Fedora,comes as an ISO Live image to allow first-timers to use and play with ZorinOS from the iso image on DVD until they decide to install. Then its as easy as clicking on an 'install now' icon that is placed on the desktop, and everything is done automatically, including install of wireless/internet access, and most recent printers. If you want a dual boot (Windows and Linux) system, Make sure Windows is installed first, then ZorinOS install will prompt you to decide on whether you want to have ZorinOS installed over Windows or Alongside Windows. Select the "alongside" option, and everything will be done for you during the installation: in the end, you'll have a dual-boot system the next time you power up. I walked away from Microsoft without any regrets about six years ago. Also, for Linux newbees, check in with your local LUG (Linux User Group) and they will be more than willing to answer questions as you get up to speed -- especially with the command line which corresponds to Microsofts DOS> prompt (black) screen.