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DistroWatch.com: Zorin OS

Zorin OS

Last Update: 2017-02-25 12:09 UTC


Zorin OS is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution 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 an application that lets 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.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 7 (1,006), 6 months: 6 (1,119), 3 months: 7 (1,146), 4 weeks: 11 (887), 1 week: 11 (854)

Average visitor rating: 8.55/10 from 42 review(s).


Zorin Summary
Distribution Zorin OS
Home Page http://www.zorin-os.com/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://www.zoringroup.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=3
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation --
Screenshots http://zorin-os.com/gallery.htmlLinuxQuestions.orgDistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts LinuxQuestions.org
Download Mirrors http://zorin-os.com/free.htmlLinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker --
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8: BlogspotBlogspotZDNetLinux InsiderEveryday Linux UserBlogspot
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6: BlogspotEveryday Linux UserLinux InsiderDarkDuckWordpressDistroWatchLinux UserDarkDuckDarkDuckLinux Za Sve (Croatian) • Linux Za Sve (Croatian)
5: WordpressTech-FAQ
4: BlogspotDistroWatch
3: DedoimedoBlogspot
2: Viva O Linux (Portuguese) • IT Lure
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-02-27: Distribution Release: Zorin OS 12.1
 • 2016-11-18: Distribution Release: Zorin OS 12
 • 2016-09-19: Development Release: Zorin OS 12 Beta
 • 2016-02-03: Distribution Release: Zorin OS 11
 • 2016-01-19: Development Release: Zorin OS 11 Beta
 • 2015-08-01: Distribution Release: Zorin OS 10
 • 2015-07-12: Development Release: Zorin OS 10 RC
 • 2014-08-13: Distribution Release: Zorin OS 9 "Lite", "Educational Lite"
 • 2014-07-30: Distribution Release: Zorin OS 9 "Educational"
 • 2014-07-15: Distribution Release: Zorin OS 9
 • 2014-06-24: Development Release: Zorin OS 9 RC
 • 2014-04-10: Distribution Release: Zorin OS 8 "Lite"
 • More Zorin releases...

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Feature 12.1 11 10 9 8.1 7.1 6.4 5.2 4 3.2 2 1 Feature
Release Date 2017-02-25 2016-02-03 2015-08-01 2014-07-15 2014-02-21 2013-10-16 2013-08-28 2011-11-23 2010-12-22 2011-11-10 2010-01-01 2009-07-01 Release Date
End Of Life                         End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
CDs 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD CDs
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop Zorin Zorin Zorin Zorin Zorin Zorin GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME Default Desktop
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice OO.o LibreOffice OO.o OO.o Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 Processor Architecture
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Journaled File Systems
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 12.1 11 10 9 8.1 7.1 6.4 5.2   3.2     Full Package List
Package 12.1 11 10 9 8.1 7.1 6.4 5.2 4 3.2 2 1 Package
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.3) 1.1.0 1.0.29 1.0.28 1.0.27.2 1.0.27.2 1.0.25 1.0.25 1.0.24.1 1.0.23 1.0.22 1.0.20 1.0.18 alsa-lib (1.1.3)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 8.780 8.723 8.660 8.600 ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4) 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.1 4.0 3.2 bash (4.4)
bind (9.11.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.11.1)
chromium (58.0.3029.81) 55.0.2883.87 -- -- -- 33.0.1750.115 30.0.1599.66 29.0.1547.57 15.0.874.121 8.0.552.215 15.0.874.106 -- -- chromium (58.0.3029.81)
cups (2.2.3) 2.1.3 2.1.0 2.0.2 1.7.2 1.7.0rc1 1.6.2 1.5.3 1.4.6 1.4.4 1.4.3 1.4.1 1.3.9 cups (2.2.3)
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.3 4.3.1 4.3.1 4.2.4 4.2.4 4.2.4 4.1.ESV-R4 4.1.1-P1 3.1.3 3.1.3 3.1.2 3.1.1 dhcp (4.3.5)
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.42.13 1.42.12 1.42.12 1.42.9 1.42.8 1.42.5 1.42 1.41.14 1.41.12 1.41.11 1.41.9 1.41.4 e2fsprogs (1.43.4)
firefox (53.0) -- 44.0 39.0 30.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.5.6 3.0.11 firefox (53.0)
freetype (2.7.1) 2.6.1 2.5.2 2.5.2 2.5.2 2.4.12 2.4.11 2.4.8 2.4.4 2.4.2 2.3.11 2.3.9 2.3.9 freetype (2.7.1)
gcc (6.3.0) 5.3.1 5.2.1 4.9.2 4.8.2 4.8.1 4.7.3 4.6.3 4.5.2 4.4.4 4.4.3 4.4.1 4.3.3 gcc (6.3.0)
gimp (2.8.20) 2.8.16 2.8.14 2.8.14 2.8.10 2.8.6 2.8.4 2.8.6 2.6.11 2.6.10 2.6.8 2.6.7 2.6.6 gimp (2.8.20)
glibc (2.25) 2.23 2.21 2.21 2.19 2.17 2.17 2.15 2.13 2.12.1 2.11.1 2.10.1 2.9 glibc (2.25)
gnome-shell (3.24.1) 3.18.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.24.1)
gnucash (2.6.16) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.16)
gnumeric (1.12.34) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.34)
grub (2.00) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.00 2.00 1.99 1.99rc1 1.98 1.98 1.97beta4 0.97 grub (2.00)
gtk+ (3.22.12) 3.18.9 3.16.7 3.14.13 3.10.8 3.8.6 3.6.4 3.4.2 2.24.4 2.22.0 2.20.1 2.18.3 2.16.1 gtk+ (3.22.12)
httpd (2.4.25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.25)
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.1)
k3b (17.04.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (17.04.0)
kmod (24) 22 21 18 15 9 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 -- 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.0 2.30.0 2.28.0 2.26.0 libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.3.2) 5.1.6rc2 5.0.2 4.4.2 4.2.4 4.1.3 4.0.2 3.5.7 3.3.4 3.2.1 3.3.2 3.1.1 3.0.1 libreoffice (5.3.2)
linux (4.10.12) 4.8 4.2 3.19 3.11 3.11 3.8 3.2 2.6.38 2.6.35 2.6.32 2.6.31 2.6.28 linux (4.10.12)
Package 12.1 11 10 9 8.1 7.1 6.4 5.2 4 3.2 2 1 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.1.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.1.22)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.0.4) 12.0.6 11.0.2 10.5.2 10.1.3 9.2.1 9.1.4 8.0.2 7.10.2 7.9git 7.7.1 7.6.0 7.4.0 mesa (17.0.4)
mysql (5.7.18) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (5.7.18)
nautilus (3.24.0) 3.18.5 3.14.2 3.14.2 3.10.1 3.8.2 3.6.3 3.4.2 2.32.2.2 2.32.0 2.31.1 2.28.1 2.26.2 nautilus (3.24.0)
NVIDIA (378.13) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 260.19.06 195.36.24 185.18.36 180.44 NVIDIA (378.13)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u131) -- 7u91 7u79 7u55 7u51 -- -- -- -- 6b20 -- 6b14 openjdk (8u131)
openssh (7.5p1) 7.2p2 6.9p1 6.7p1 6.6p1 6.2p2 6.1p1 5.9p1 5.8p1 5.5p1 5.3p1 5.1p1 5.1p1 openssh (7.5p1)
openssl (1.1.0e) 1.0.2g 1.0.2d 1.0.1f 1.0.1f 1.0.1e 1.0.1c 1.0.1 0.9.8o 0.9.8o 0.9.8k 0.9.8g 0.9.8g openssl (1.1.0e)
perl (5.24.1) 5.22.1 5.20.2 5.20.2 5.18.2 5.14.2 5.14.2 5.14.2 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.10.1 5.10.0 5.10.0 perl (5.24.1)
php (7.1.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.1.4)
plasma-desktop (5.9.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.9.5)
postfix (3.2.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.0)
postgresql (9.6.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (9.6.2)
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.11 2.7.9 2.7.9 2.7.5 2.7.5 2.7.4 2.7.3 2.7.1 2.6.6 2.6.5 2.6.4 2.6.2 Python (3.6.1)
qt (5.8.0) 5.5.1 5.4.2 5.4.1 5.2.1 5.0.2 5.0.1 4.8.1 4.7.2 4.7.0 4.6.2 4.5.3 4.5.0 qt (5.8.0)
samba (4.6.3) -- 4.1.17 4.1.13 4.1.6 3.6.18 3.6.9 3.6.3 3.5.8 3.5.4 3.4.7 3.4.0 3.3.2 samba (4.6.3)
systemd (233) 229 225 219 204 204 198 -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (233)
thunderbird (52.0.1) -- -- -- 24.6.0 24.3.0 24.0 17.0.8 -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (52.0.1)
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.2 7.2 7.2 7.2 vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.8 1.1.9 1.1.4 1.0.6 -- -- vlc (2.2.4)
xfdesktop (4.12.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.3)
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.18.3 1.17.2 1.17.1 1.15.1 1.14.3 1.13.3 1.11.4 1.10.1 1.9.0 1.7.6 1.6.4 1.6.0 xorg-server (1.19.3)

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Version: 12.1
Rating: 7
Date: 2017-04-24
Votes: 0


Didn't work very well with afterwards installed Cairo dock...this is a pity.
Out of the box icons are ridiculous.
No good manual available. Information on the web is mostly unfindable.
I can be said that installation ran reasonably flawless even with double booting (with Vista) on an older 2GB machine with two processors (intel that is)



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Version: 12.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-04-23
Votes: 5


Best Distro I've used so far without having to alter it dramatically or tweak it.
Very well configured - everything just works.

It's stable, Ubuntu based, so most 3rd party software work (PIA Private Internet Acess, VSCode, DotNetCore)

The only distro I haven't had to to tweak to make usable with a 4K screen.

Now using a 4.8 Kernel.


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Version: 12.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-04-22
Votes: 3


Zorin made two of our 8 year old laptops again after a horrible run with Vista. The graphic interface is intuitive and easy to use moving from Microsoft and Apple products. The included apps of the Core version is enough for the average user and customizations are a great bonus.

The only down side is when I tried installing Office with Wine or Playwithlinux I had to fiddle a bit to get the apps to work but I lost some French keyboard features with the windows emulator. Good thing Libre Office is fully compatible !

I have also tried Zorin 9 in the past but this version is even better.


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