Zorin OS a small review

Zorin OS is a multi-functional operating system designed specifically for Linux beginners who want to have easy and smooth access to open source software. It is based on Ubuntu which is the most popular Linux operating system in the world.

Zorin OS’ many advantages include the following:

  • Zorin OS is safe as it has practically no risk of getting viruses or malware.
  • Zorin OS is a stable and robust operating system as it is based on Ubuntu Linux, one of the most reliable systems in the world.
  • Zorin OS is an out-of-the-box software solution
  • Zorin OS is a very fast operating system. It is tested to be around 4 times faster than Windows 7.
  • Zorin OS is available in over 55 languages.
  • Zorin OS is a fully customizable operating system.

Zorin OS features our unique Look Changer program that we have created exclusively for Zorin OS. It allows users to change the user interface at the touch of a button. Simply click on either the Windows 7, Windows XP or Linux’s GNOME interface in Zorin OS Core and Educational and your desktop looks and behaves accordingly. The Premium versions (Zorin OS Gaming, Multimedia and Ultimate) also include the Mac OS X, Windows Vista and Windows 2000 looks.

Other unique programs that we have developed for Zorin OS include the Splash Screen Manager, the Internet Browser Manager and Background Plus.

Zorin OS comes pre-installed with the OpenOffice suite including a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software, the Firefox web browser, the Evolution e-mail client, the Rhythmbox music player, the Totem video player, the GIMP image editor, lots of multimedia codecs and much more.

Zorin OS gives users more flexibility. It allows them to use Zorin OS alongside your current operating system and run Microsoft Windows programs in Zorin OS with the help of WINE and PlayOnLinux. Tests show that most Windows applications run faster in Zorin OS than in Microsoft Windows. Zorin OS replicates the Windows graphical user interface which makes it easy for Windows users to operate Zorin OS alongside Windows or migrate to it.

Zorin OS utilizes the GNOME Desktop Environment. It is open source, which means that anyone can modify anything in the operating system to suit their liking.

Zorin OS was built with the help of the community, so even you can contribute to the Zorin OS project! (See the Forums page). We have mentioned only a few features and advantages of Zorin OS here but you can get a bigger picture by viewing the Screenshots, Videos, or by simply getting it.

Zorin OS Description

An Ubuntu-based operating system aimed at Windows users that are switching over to Linux

Zorin OS is a Linux operating system, just like Mac or Windows. Zorin OS is built on the Linux architecture so it is completely open source, which means that anyone can modify anything in the operating system to suit their liking. Zorin OS is based on Ubuntu Linux which is the most popular Linux operating system in the world. But Zorin OS is different, Ubuntu is quite hard to use for Windows users. However, Zorin OS is the solution to that problem, it makes it easy to use for current Windows users. But that’s not it, as well as being open source it is also:

* Safer than Windows, all the Linux distributions have nearly no risk of getting malware
* Faster than Windows, its tested to be more than twice as fast as Windows Vista (with the effects on)
* More customizable than Windows
* Built with the help of the community, so even you can contribute to the Zorin OS project! (See the Forums page)
* More advanced as new releases take place 6 months after previous ones
* And best of all, its free!

You also don’t need to worry about Windows because you can choose to have Zorin OS installed alongside Windows (see the installation page in the Forums for more details) which also means that you that can boot up Windows instead of Zorin OS. Furthermore, you can also access all your Windows files on Zorin OS with the file browser. You can even run your Windows programs on Zorin OS using a program called WINE. Also you needn’t worry about support for Zorin OS as Canonical (the people who make and support Ubuntu) will support it, as Zorin OS works in the same way as Ubuntu Linux as it is based on it.

What’s New in Zorin OS 4.0

The Zorin OS Team are proud to announce the availability of the Core and Premium versions of Zorin OS designed for Linux beginners. In addition to the easy to use interface and our unique Look Changer, Zorin OS 4 incorporates such new tools and features as the improved File Manager, file previews and the redesigned sound menu which help you to get more done in less time while our Splash Screen Manager, our Internet Browser Manager and the refined Software Center make performing customization tasks even easier. We have made changes to the core system which makes Zorin OS 4 even faster than Ubuntu. We have created new desktop and splash screen themes to even further improve Zorin OS’s appearance. The Premium versions (Gaming, Multimedia and Ultimate) of Zorin OS 4 now include our new Background Plus application as well as the extended Look Changer with the Mac OS X, Windows 2000 and Windows Vista looks. A new system installer has also been introduced to make it as easy as possible to install Zorin OS to your computer.

5 Reasons to Try Zorin OS Linux

One of the best features of the open source Linux operating system is that there are so many distributions to choose from.

Ubuntu gets by far the lion’s share of the media’s attention, it’s true–largely by virtue of its top ranking at the top of DistroWatch’s popularity list–but there are hundreds of other options out there as well, many tailored to particular kinds of users and situations.

I’ve already looked briefly at several of the Ubuntu derivatives that are available and more specifically at Linux Mint, which is currently third in popularity. Today, however, I’d like to make a pitch for Zorin OS, an Ubuntu-based distribution that offers a number of advantages with particular appeal for Windows users.

Zorin OS 4 was just released earlier this month. Why should you consider it? Here are just a few reasons.

1. A Seamless Transition

Much like the Ubuntu base that underlies it, Zorin OS is designed especially for newcomers to Linux. It has a Windows-like graphical user interface and many programs similar to those found in Windows.

Zorin OS also comes with software including Wine and PlayOnLinux that let users run many Windows programs. The distribution’s ultimate goal is “to provide a Linux alternative to Windows and let Windows users enjoy all the features of Linux without complications,” in the project’s own words.

What this means, of course, is that Zorin OS is a great distribution for those who are comfortable with the look and feel of Windows, but still want to see what Linux is all about. Alternatively, it can be perfect for employees or coworkers who don’t like change.

2. It Can Mimic Windows

Zorin OS comes with the ever-popular GNOME interface familiar to countless Ubuntu users, but it also offers a number of alternatives direct from the proprietary world. Specifically, the operating system features a unique “Look Changer” program that lets users change the software’s interface at the touch of a button.

All users need do is click on the Windows 7 or Windows XP option, for example, and their desktop looks and behaves accordingly. Premium versions of Zorin OS–targeting gaming and multimedia uses, for example–also include interfaces mimicking those of Mac OS X, Windows Vista and Windows 2000.

3. The Comfort of GNOME

Those of us who have gotten used to Ubuntu have become accustomed to its default GNOME desktop. For those anxious about the distribution’s upcoming switch to the touch-enabled Unity interface, Zorin OS offers an option for sticking with what’s familiar.

Also like Ubuntu, Zorin OS comes pre-installed with OpenOffice, Firefox, the Evolution e-mail client, the Rhythmbox music player, the Totem video player, the GIMP image editor, lots of multimedia codecs, and more.

4. It’s Fast

When speed is of the essence, Zorin OS really shines. Not only is its latest version faster than Ubuntu, its makers say, but it clocks in at a full four times faster than Windows 7. That’s pretty impressive.

With the help of Wine and PlayOnLinux, meanwhile, Zorin OS even runs many Windows apps faster than Windows does, the project says. It’s also available in more than 55 languages.

5. There’s No Commitment

As always in the Linux world, you can take the free Zorin OS for a test drive without committing to it until you’re ready. The Zorin OS 4 Core release is available for free download from the project’s site. Alternatively, Zorin OS 4 Gaming and Multimedia releases each cost 10 euros, while Zorin OS 4 Ultimate is 15 euros from the project’s store.

So many users come to Linux from the Windows world, it makes a great deal of sense to offer them a little familiarity to help ease the transition. If that sounds like something your business could benefit from, why not give Zorin OS a try?

U can download at http://zorin-os.webs.com/download.htm

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