Zorin OS 9.1
Distributed as 64-bit Live CD
Zorin OS aims to be multi-functional, includes exclusive software, and it is distributed as a Live CD ISO image that supports only the 64-bit architecture. The system can be used directly from the Live media or installed on a local disk drive. The boot menu is not so different from other Linux operating systems and it allows users to start the live environment, start the installer, test the RAM, or boot the operating system that is already installed.
Astonishing desktop experience
The desktop experience in Zorin OS is quite astonishing. It features only a taskbar, which includes the main menu, the application launcher and the system tray area. The truth is that the desktop environment is actually a highly customized version of the GNOME window manager. So customized that only Linux experts will recognize it. Not to mention that it includes some eye-candy effects, which are not available by default on Windows or Mac OS X.
Google Chrome is the default web browser, Nautilus can be used to manage your files, and Noise can be used to listen to your favorite tracks. In addition to the usual utilities (calculator, text editor, archive manager, etc.), Zorin OS comes with the Mozilla Thunderbird email client, Empathy instant messenger, OpenShot video editor, Cheese webcam app, Brasero CD/DVD burning tool, Totem (Video) video player, and the powerful LibreOffice office suite. Wine is also installed by default in case you want to run some Windows applications. The distribution uses the official Ubuntu software repositories, as well as their own sources.
Whether you are in the process of migrating from a Windows operating system, or you just want to get started with Linux, we strongly recommend to download and install Zorin OS on your personal computer and laptop. You won’t regret it!
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on September 20th, 2014
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- This is a pre-release version of the next generation of Zorin OS. We have built it to get your feedback on what we have created so far.
- The main focus for Zorin OS 9 has been on stability and the refinement of Zorin OS’s wide array of incredible features. Firstly, Zorin OS 9 includes a myriad of updated software and bug fixes to ensure that your computer runs better than ever. EFI support has also been added, making it easier to get Zorin OS on newer computers (64 bit only). In addition, we have introduced a new Blue desktop theme to the Zorin Theme Changer in complement to the Light and Dark themes. As Zorin OS 9 is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS you can expect to receive continuous software updates until 2019, making it the ideal operating system for large-scale deployments.
Application descriptionZorin OS is an open source distribution of Linux based on the world's most popular free operating system, Ubuntu ...