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An Introduction to Zorin OS

Zorin Minimum Requirements

The minimum requirements for the current (6) Gnome release of Zorin OS Core are:

  • 1 GHz MHz x86 processor (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • 512 Mb RAM
  • 5 Gb of free disc space
  • Graphics card capable of 640×480 resolution
  • DVD drive or USB port (-for installation media)

The minimum requirements for the current (6) LXDE release of Zorin Lite are:

  • 266 MHz x86 processor (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • 128 Mb RAM
  • 2 Gb of free disc space
  • Graphics card capable of 640×480 resolution
  • DVD drive or USB port (-for installation media)

The Advantages of Zorin OS

Below is a screenshot of the default, Windows 7 themed desktop:

The Zorin Windows 7 Desktop

In contrast, here is a screenshot of the Windows XP themed desktop:

The Zorin Windows XP Desktop

[Zorin] works straight out of the box: everything you need is already there in the distribution, meaning you do not have to spend time installing additional applications..

In our opinion, Zorin has three main strengths (-over and above the usual Linux ones):

  • Zorin works straight out of the box: everything you need is already there in the distribution, meaning you do not have to spend time installing additional applications (-unless you want to)

  • It is based on Ubuntu, which means that the majority of software available for Ubuntu should also work on Zorin

  • It is designed to smooth the transition from Windows to Linux by providing themes similar to those of various Windows releases - and providing tools to allow Windows applications to run under Linux, such as Wine, Winetricks and PlayOnLinux

This makes it great for home users apprehensive about the learning curve of moving from Windows to Linux. Now, it should be said that Zorin does not provide anything much, in terms of Windows compatibility, that you cannot install on any other Linux distro - however, you do get it all configured, straight out of the box. This makes it appeal more to newcomers, who do not have the time or inclination to set it all up on their chosen distro.


The Disadvantages of Zorin OS

Zorin is a good all-rounder, so any drawbacks are quite minor, notably:

  • It is not Ubuntu! Although based on it, Zorin differs in many ways from it's sibling, so not everything out there for Ubuntu will work with Zorin. Also, the latest version of Zorin will not be based on the latest version of Ubuntu: it is invariably some way behind (-e.g. one or two releases)

  • The tools in Zorin for easing transition from Windows are pretty much all available on other distros: you just have to install and configure them yourself

  • The Gnome version of Zorin is fairly large and requires a reasonably capable machine to run effectively. However, it does offer a low(er) resource version based LXDE instead to address this


Zorin Applications

Zorin ships with a good amount of installed applications: to see a short summary of these, please see our section on Default Zorin Applications. Also, see our Useful Linux Applications to see where to go to install our recommended software.


Video Tour of the Zorin OS Desktop

We have created a video of the Zorin desktop in our Video Section: click here to take a tour of Zorin OS Core or here to tour of Zorin OS Lite!


Zorin Releases

There is normally between one and two Zorin releases a year. Here are the versions for the last few releases:

ReleaseRelease DateBased on Ubuntu
OS 5November 201111.04
OS 6August 201312.04
OS 7October 201313.04
OS 8February 201413.10
OS 9July 201414.04 LTS

Different Versions of Zorin OS

Linux Zorin is available in several different versions - mostly based around different desktops and include the following:

Zorin VariantDesktopDescription
Zorin OSGnomeStandard Gnome GUI Edition
Zorin OS LiteLXDELXDE Desktop Edition


Links to Zorin OS Articles

We have created several short articles to allow you to familiarise yourself with Linux Zorin. This should help you decide if this is the Linux distribution for you - before you take the plunge and download it! Here are a selection of the main pages you may want to review:

ArticleDescription
The Zorin DesktopAn introduction to the Zorin Gnome desktop and how to use it
The Zorin Lite DesktopAn introduction to Zorin Lite LXDE desktop and how to use it
Installing ApplicationsHow to install and remove applications


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