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Zorin OS: Windows 7 like Linux Distribution

Review of: Zorin OS
Version:
5.2
Price:
free / open-source

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5 Stars
On February 25, 2012
Last modified:February 25, 2012

Summary:

Zorin OS is Windows like Linux distribution for easier transition from Windows to Linux, It comes with WineHQ to run Windows applications.

Want to switch from Windows but Linux UI is not comfortable for you? Now with Zorin OS: a Windows 7 like Linux Operating System you can easily switch from Windows to Linux without much change in the user interface which you used for years. Zorin OS comes with UI which exactly matches with Windows 7 UI. The popular Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Fedora or OpenSuse uses Unity, Gnome or KDE with pretty much default settings which gives headaches to new users migrating from Microsoft Windows, Zorin Linux have start menu, taskbar, desktop, and a file system which behaves like Windows 7.

Additional Softwares & Features

Zorin OS is Ubuntu based distributions which means you can search and install all brilliant softwares present in Ubuntu repository via brilliant easy to use Software center and with PPA for packages on Launchpad.

Zorin OS comes with “Zorin Look Changer” which allows to change look of operating system to look like Windows 7 (default), Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Linux (GNOME 2.x) or Mac OS X whichever makes you more comfortable.

For additional accessibility for Windows users, Zorin OS comes preloaded with WineHQ which enable Windows softwares to run on Linux. With WineHQ you will never miss your favourite Windows applications on your new Linux desktop.

System Requirements

Zorin OS comes with Gnome and LXDE destop environments tweaked for Windows like User Interface.

GNOME

  • 700 MHz x86 processor
  • 3GB of Hard Drive space
  • 376 MB of system memory (RAM)
  • Graphics card capable of 640×480 resolution
  • Sound card

LXDE

  • 266 MHz x86 processor
  • 2GB of Hard Drive space
  • 128 MB of system memory (RAM)
  • Graphics card capable of 640×480 resolution
  • Sound card

Verdict

Zorin OS is fast, stable and secure. It allows easy transition from Windows to Linux family. Although it should not be considered as permanent replacement of Windows operating system as alternative features offered by Zorin OS are very basic in nature, it can perform as much as any other Linux distribution, many Windows specific tasks are difficult to accomplish. Also note that WineHQ doesn’t allow all Windows softwares to run on Zorin OS for details visit WineHQ AppDB

Download

You can download Zorin OS from their Official Site

Zorin OS is Windows like Linux distribution for easier transition from Windows to Linux, It comes with WineHQ to run Windows applications.