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DistroWatch.com: Zorin OS

Zorin OS

Last Update: 2017-09-21 12:39 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: 8 (922), 6 months: 11 (766), 3 months: 11 (757), 4 weeks: 12 (717), 1 week: 18 (623)

Average visitor rating: 7.82/10 from 103 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 --
Related Websites --
Reviews 12: DarkDuckDistroWatchDarkDuckEveryday Linux UserCMS CriticderStandard (German)
11: DistroWatch
10: DistroWatchDedoimedo
9: BlogspotBlogspot
8: BlogspotBlogspotZDNetLinux InsiderEveryday Linux UserBlogspot
7: DedoimedoBlogspotDistroWatchBlogspot
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:
 • 2017-09-08: Distribution Release: Zorin OS 12.2
 • 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
 • More Zorin releases...

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Feature 12.2 11 10 9 8.1 7.1 6.4 5.2 4 3.2 2 1 Feature
Release Date 2017-09-08 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
End Of Life                         End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 957-1400                       Image Size (MB)
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
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
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
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd Upstart Upstart Upstart Upstart Upstart Upstart Init Software
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 12.2 11 10 9 8.1 7.1 6.4 5.2   3.2     Full Package List
Package 12.2 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 (1.1.5) 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 (1.1.5)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 8.780 8.723 8.660 8.600 ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4.12) 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 (4.4.12)
bind (9.11.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.11.2)
chromium (62.0.3202.94) 60.0.3112.113 -- -- -- 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 (62.0.3202.94)
cups (2.2.6) 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 (2.2.6)
dhcp (4.3.6) 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 (4.3.6)
e2fsprogs (1.43.7) 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 (1.43.7)
firefox (57.0) -- 44.0 39.0 30.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.5.6 3.0.11 firefox (57.0)
freetype (2.8.1) 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 (2.8.1)
gcc (7.2.0) 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 (7.2.0)
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 (2.26) 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 (2.26)
gnome-shell (3.26.2) 3.18.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.26.2)
gnucash (2.6.18-1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.18-1)
gnumeric (1.12.36) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.36)
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+ (3.22.26) 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+ (3.22.26)
httpd (2.4.29) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.29)
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.2)
k3b (17.08.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (17.08.3)
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 (5.4.3) 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 (5.4.3)
linux (4.14) 4.10 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 (4.14)
Package 12.2 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 (10.2.10) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.10)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.2.5) 17.0.7 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 (17.2.5)
mysql (5.7.20) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (5.7.20)
nautilus (3.26.2) 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 (3.26.2)
NVIDIA (387.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 260.19.06 195.36.24 185.18.36 180.44 NVIDIA (387.22)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u151) -- 7u91 7u79 7u55 7u51 -- -- -- -- 6b20 -- 6b14 openjdk (8u151)
openssh (7.6p1) 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 (7.6p1)
openssl (1.1.0g) 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 (1.1.0g)
perl (5.26.1) 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 (5.26.1)
php (7.1.11) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.1.11)
plasma-desktop (5.11.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.11.3)
postfix (3.2.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.4)
postgresql (10.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (10.1)
Python (3.6.3) 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 (3.6.3)
qt (5.9.2) 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 (5.9.2)
samba (4.7.2) 4.3.11 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 (4.7.2)
systemd (235) 229 225 219 204 204 198 -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (235)
thunderbird (52.4.0) -- -- -- 24.6.0 24.3.0 24.0 17.0.8 -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (52.4.0)
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 (1.19.5) 1.18.4 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 (1.19.5)

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7.8
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Version: 12.2
Rating: 1
Date: 2017-11-14
Votes: 0


At first it was great but than everything started crashing.It does not support many windows apps.Now i cant save a lot of my personal files because it wont read flash drive.The worst distro i have ever tried.


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Version: 12.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-11-13
Votes: 0


+ Rock stable.
+ Contains a lot of apps out of the box.
+ Becoming better with newer kernel releases.

- Gnome crash reporter does crap out a bunch of time.
- Monitor goes off on ati rx 580 sometimes when the system goes to sleep and doesn't turn back on till manual reboot.



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Version: 12.2
Rating: 7
Date: 2017-11-08
Votes: 6


I enjoy trying out new Linux distros, Zorin was no exception. Most everything worked out of the box. I was able to configure most of my interests without too much of a hassle. But since we all are at least familiar with Ubuntu derivatives, I'll jump right to the cons...at least in my case. It's not the prettiest to look at. Yeah, I get the Window$ thing, but it's not very polished IMHO. Setting up three monitors on a Gforce GPU took some fiddling, but ultimately worked fine. Sound setting reverts to "Line Out" after every reboot even though its set to HDMI. Somewhat of a lack of user configurable options. It appears you can not modify, add or remove anything from the right side task bar, and only add/remove icons/shortcuts to the left. Fairly often it will not completely shut down and requires a forced shutdown which is extremely annoying. And a few other quirky things of less significance. I have a 4-bay SSD cage and will definitely save this distro as a backup and future piddling around. Easy enough for a new user, but TBH, it just doesn't reach out and grab me. Personally, I don't see it as a daily driver.


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