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"The Zorin OS team is proud to finally release the Zorin OS 7 Core and Ultimate, the latest version of our operating system designed for Linux newcomers. Zorin OS 7 brings about a plethora of changes and improvements such as a wide array of updated software, the Linux kernel version 3.8, the introduction of new software (Pidgin replacing Empathy and Steam in Zorin OS 7 Ultimate) and an enormous design overhaul. We have given the brand a facelift with our new logo. In addition to this, Zorin OS itself includes a brand new desktop theme. Zorin OS 7 is based on Ubuntu 13.04."
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7
Because of a policy change at Ubuntu, this version of Zorin OS will only be supported to the end of the year. It’s worth having, however, being an improvement on the LTS version 6.
The disk may lock up with a video chip other than Nvidia or ATI, but there’s failsafe mode that uses VESA. Unfortunately the desktop is set to use hardware acceleration, which VESA doesn’t give, making it almost unusable. The solution is to log out, change the session, and log in again as ‘live’ with no password. There are two desktops: Gnome 3 fallback and Zorin, a customised Gnome with the Awm dock instead of a panel and much less functionality. The configuration editor for Gnome is not installed, and Synaptic doesn’t reveal that it’s hidden in the package dconf-tools.
The installer worked well and gave me the opportunity to encrypt /home. Be careful of what you click on though: the default on the partitioning page is ‘erase the whole disk’!
The installed system was a little erratic at first — eth0 connection lost and router corrupted, various warnings about internal errors, firewall not starting — but things settled down after the next boot. The software includes LibreOffice, Chrome, Pidgin, Thunderbird, Gimp, Shotwell, Totem, Rhythmbox, Openshot, and Wine. Everything I tested ran from the CLI without warnings, except Thunderbird, but Chrome behaved poorly and I replaced it with Opera. Media codecs were installed and worked.
In the ‘cleaned-up Ubuntu’ category, this version of Zorin OS is comparable with Mint and Snow, and well worth considering.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9
I originally installed Zorin 6.2 on my wife's computer as a replacement for Windows XP. When she had no problems I decided to download and try V7 with the results noted below.
I have been using V7 on my barebones Gigabyte system for about a month. I installed it alongside Mint 15. Installation was fast and easy. I've had no problems whatsoever and it boots from power on to the internet in just over a minute.