Zorin OS Educational 9
It is a totally free distribution of Linux that looks similar to the Windows 7/Vista operating systems from Microsoft. It is based on the Linux kernel architecture, so it is completely open source, which means that anyone can modify it and redistribute it.
Based on Ubuntu, distributed as 32-bit/64-bit Live DVDs
As mentioned, Zorin OS is based on Ubuntu OS, which has been declared as one of the most popular free operating system in the world. However, Zorin OS has been crafted to perfection welcoming all Windows users.
It is distributed as two Live DVD ISO images, supporting the 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, engineered to be deployed on USB thumb drives or blank DVD discs. Its boot menu looks identical with the one found on many other Zorin OS flavors.
From the boot prompt you can start an existing operating system, run a memory test, as well as to install the operating system without testing it first (not recommended), or use the safe graphics mode in case the first option doesn’t recognise you video card.
Educational and default applications
Among the included educational applications, we can mention Celestia 3D space visualizer, GCompris educational suite, GeoGebra geometry and algebra software, Kanagram anagram creator, KBruch fraction calculator, as well as the Tux Math, Tux Paint and Tux Typing programs.
Default applications include the Google Chrome web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client, Empathy multi-protocol instant messenger, Calibre ebook library management software, LibreOffice office suite, GIMP image editor, and the FreeCAD and LibreCAD open source CAD applications.
Summing up, Zorin OS Educational is a very good alternative to the expensive Microsoft Windows operating systems, specifically engineered to be easy-to-use by students in various educational institutions.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on November 16th, 2014
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- Zorin OS 6.4 Educational includes newly updated software, a newer kernel out of the box and bug fixes. As Zorin OS 6.4 is based on Ubuntu 12.04 it is an LTS (Long Term Support) release, provided with 5 years of security updates.
- Users who already have installed earlier versions of the Zorin OS 6 Educational series of operating systems do not need to get Zorin OS 6.4 Educational as all the aforementioned updates and improvements in 6.4 can be applied by installing the latest updates from the Update Manager.
Application descriptionZorin OS Educational is a freely distributed Linux distribution that comes with the same features as the main Zorin OS...