Zorin OS Gaming 8

A freely distributed gaming edition of the Zorin OS Linux-based operating system
Zorin OS Gaming is a free Linux distribution, a flavor of the well known Zorin OS project specifically designed for gamers. It is based on the latest stable version of Ubuntu and comes with a plethora or games, as well as several video game emulators.

The operating system is distributed as a two Live DVD ISO image, one for each of the supported hardware platforms (64-bit and 32-bit). They can be used directly from a bootable medium, such as a DVD disc or a USB flash drive (4GB or larger is required).

As usual, when booting the live environment you will be presented with some familiar options, such as the ability to start an existing operating system installed on the first disk drive or run a memory test.

In case you encounter issues with your video card, it is recommended to use the safe graphics mode option on the boot prompt. In addition, you can install the operating system directly, without testing it (not recommended).

The desktop environment is the same as in other Zorin OS editions, a highly customized version of the controversial and open source GNOME desktop environment. It is made to look similar to a Windows desktop.

Among the included games, we can mention Armagetron Advanced, Billard-GL, Brutal Chess, Freeciv, M.A.R.S., OpenTTD, Pingus, PokerTH, Trigger, Warzone 2100, Xmoto, Xonotic, Extreme Tux Racer, Frozen-Bubble, Neverball, Pacman, SuperTux 2, Super TuxKart, and Warmux.

Default applications include the Steam for Linux client, Empathy instant messenger, Google Chrome web browser, Skype video and voice conferencing client, Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client, Transmission torrent downloader, Blender 3D graphics creator, GIMP image editor, and LibreOffice office suite.

Overall, Zorin OS Gaming is a nice addition to the family of Zorin OS distributions. It features a very attractive user interface and include a nice collection of games for all ages.

Reviewed by on March 21st, 2014

last updated on:
March 21st, 2014, 8:36 GMT
developed by:
Zorin Soft
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
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Zorin OS Gaming - The default desktop environment of the Zorin OS 8 Gaming operating system
What's New in This Release:
  • The Zorin OS Team are pleased to release Zorin OS 8 Gaming. This Premium edition is now offered as a free download to those who agree to join the Zorin World Community Grid to contribute their unused computing power to help scientists solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. In addition, we have introduced a myriad of changes in Zorin OS including updated software, improvements to the user interface and entirely new software.
  • As always, Zorin OS 8 uses the Zorin Desktop environment with Zorin Menu for unparalleled customization and the Zorin Look Changer for ultimate ease of use. We also include our Zorin Web Browser Manager to ease the installation of web browsers. Zorin OS 8 is based on Ubuntu 13.10.
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Zorin OS Gaming is a custom edition of the Zorin OS distribution, specifically designed for hard core gamers who ...

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