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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 (974), 6 months: 8 (1,004), 3 months: 10 (835), 4 weeks: 9 (825), 1 week: 13 (739)

Average visitor rating: 8.37/10 from 65 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.htmlDistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://zorin-os.com/free.htmlLinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker --
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Reviews 12: DistroWatchDarkDuckEveryday Linux UserCMS CriticderStandard (German)
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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
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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 (1.1.4.1) 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 (1.1.4.1)
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-P1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.11.1-P1)
chromium (59.0.3071.115) 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 (59.0.3071.115)
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 (54.0) -- 44.0 39.0 30.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.5.6 3.0.11 firefox (54.0)
freetype (2.8) 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 (2.8)
gcc (7.1.0) 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 (7.1.0)
gimp (2.8.22) 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 (2.8.22)
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 (3.24.2) 3.18.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.24.2)
gnucash (2.6.16) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.16)
gnumeric (1.12.34) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.34)
grub (2.02) 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 (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.16) 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+ (3.22.16)
httpd (2.4.26) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.26)
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.1)
k3b (17.04.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (17.04.2)
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 (5.3.4) 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 (5.3.4)
linux (4.11.8) 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 (4.11.8)
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 (10.2.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.6)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.1.3) 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 (17.1.3)
mysql (5.7.18) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (5.7.18)
nautilus (3.24.1) 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 (3.24.1)
NVIDIA (381.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 260.19.06 195.36.24 185.18.36 180.44 NVIDIA (381.22)
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 (1.1.0f) 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 (1.1.0f)
perl (5.26.0) 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 (5.26.0)
php (7.1.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.1.6)
plasma-desktop (5.10.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.10.3)
postfix (3.2.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.2)
postgresql (9.6.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (9.6.3)
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 (5.9.0) 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 (5.9.0)
samba (4.6.5) -- 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 (4.6.5)
systemd (233) 229 225 219 204 204 198 -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (233)
thunderbird (52.2.1) -- -- -- 24.6.0 24.3.0 24.0 17.0.8 -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (52.2.1)
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 (2.2.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.8 1.1.9 1.1.4 1.0.6 -- -- vlc (2.2.6)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
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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Average rating
8.4
from 65 review(s)



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Version: 12.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-06-28
Votes: 1


Every part of the switch over from Windows to Zorin OS was smooth. The iso downloaded quickly, the installation instructions on the Zorin OS website were easy and clear, and the installer guided me along as if I was a 3 year old (in a good way). After the installation I was pleased to see that everything is where it was with Windows, so I didn't need to re-learn how to use my computer.
All in all, everything on my computer runs faster than before, I don't get the crashes I did in Windows 10, and all my files open just like before (and don't show up in gobbledigook like in other distros like Mint).
What more can I wish for? Perfect, great job Zorin team!


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Version: 12.1
Rating: 3
Date: 2017-06-25
Votes: 1


Zorin 12.1 Core
I5 2500, 8GB RAM, ATI 4300, Intel SSD
The install was rather painless but it took a lot of time for some reason. I don't like much the dark theme but it's just a matter of personal preference.
It detected everything beautifully and I was up and running however....
The update(and software) manager is rather confusing there are 2 apps, one for software one for updates. When the updates are available the notification says "OS updates" , that's all. Not cool, i wanna know what i am updating.
Overall it feels rather sluggish but when i looked at the RAM usage , jeez it's one hungry OS, out of all 8GB i had only 1 GB available without running anything.
It got stuck/frozen few times when i opened 2 apps one after the other then prompted me "the Zorin OS encountered a problem..." Not cool either
There is definitely a lag when opening the menu and browsing through the apps

It feels like work in progress and the occasional hiccups hurt it . It didn't feel like a unified experience, everything being connected but rather bits being slapped together. I am sure it took a lot of effort to even come to this point and i understand the Distrowatch rank comes from the windows-esque look and the simplicity of the interface.
It is a very good try and I wish the developers would keep on this note. I am sure they will get it eventually right and steal the 1st place from Mint which with all the controversy and mixed opinions simply works and it is a viable Windows replacement. Waiting forward for the Zorin 13.0




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Version: 12.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-06-11
Votes: 2


I use Zorin 12.1 on my desktop, and Linux Lite on my notebook. Have been using Zorin since Z5, initially as a dual
boot. Had a few problems after installation of latest Zorin, but since it has been working (for 3 months) without any
hitches. Have tried various distros over many years, but Zorin wins every time as my sole everyday OS. If Zorin 12
Lite eventually turns up, I will install it on my notebook. I find Zorin easier to use than Linux Lite, and not having to
look for programs all the time - they are there right at the start. Regarding Zorin 12, I disliked the extra large icons
on the desktop that could not be reduced in size, and eventually (with advice from the Zorin Team) installed Nemo
to control the desktop.


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