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DistroWatch.com: Zorin OS

Zorin OS

Last Update: 2017-02-25 12:09 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: 7 (981), 6 months: 9 (985), 3 months: 9 (822), 4 weeks: 8 (835), 1 week: 13 (672)

Average visitor rating: 8.06/10 from 77 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: DistroWatchDarkDuckEveryday 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:
 • 2017-02-27: 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
 • 2014-04-10: Distribution Release: Zorin OS 8 "Lite"
 • More Zorin releases...

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Feature 12.1 11 10 9 8.1 7.1 6.4 5.2 4 3.2 2 1 Feature
Release Date 2017-02-25 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
CDs 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD CDs
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
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
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 12.1 11 10 9 8.1 7.1 6.4 5.2   3.2     Full Package List
Package 12.1 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 (1.1.4.1) 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 (1.1.4.1)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 8.780 8.723 8.660 8.600 ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4) 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)
bind (9.11.1-P3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.11.1-P3)
chromium (60.0.3112.78) 55.0.2883.87 -- -- -- 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 (60.0.3112.78)
cups (2.2.4) 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 (2.2.4)
dhcp (4.3.5) 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 (4.3.5)
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 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 (1.43.4)
firefox (54.0.1) -- 44.0 39.0 30.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.5.6 3.0.11 firefox (54.0.1)
freetype (2.8) 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)
gcc (7.1.0) 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 (7.1.0)
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 (2.25) 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 (2.25)
gnome-shell (3.24.3) 3.18.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.24.3)
gnucash (2.6.17) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.17)
gnumeric (1.12.35) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.35)
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+ (3.22.17) 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+ (3.22.17)
httpd (2.4.27) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.27)
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.1)
k3b (17.04.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (17.04.3)
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 (5.3.4) 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 (5.3.4)
linux (4.12.3) 4.8 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 (4.12.3)
Package 12.1 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 (10.2.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.7)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.1.5) 12.0.6 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 (17.1.5)
mysql (5.7.19) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (5.7.19)
nautilus (3.24.2.1) 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 (3.24.2.1)
NVIDIA (384.59) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 260.19.06 195.36.24 185.18.36 180.44 NVIDIA (384.59)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u141) -- 7u91 7u79 7u55 7u51 -- -- -- -- 6b20 -- 6b14 openjdk (8u141)
openssh (7.5p1) 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 (7.5p1)
openssl (1.1.0f) 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 (1.1.0f)
perl (5.26.0) 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 (5.26.0)
php (7.1.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.1.7)
plasma-desktop (5.10.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.10.4)
postfix (3.2.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.2)
postgresql (9.6.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (9.6.3)
Python (3.6.2) 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 (3.6.2)
qt (5.9.1) 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 (5.9.1)
samba (4.6.6) -- 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 (4.6.6)
systemd (234) 229 225 219 204 204 198 -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (234)
thunderbird (52.2.1) -- -- -- 24.6.0 24.3.0 24.0 17.0.8 -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (52.2.1)
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 (1.19.3) 1.18.3 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 (1.19.3)

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Version: 12.1
Rating: 5
Date: 2017-07-21
Votes: 2


I am not a techie , I switched from windows vista/7 to Zorin 9 which was great and I loved until it got stuck in a password loop that I was unable to resolve , I am now using zorin 12.1 which is frustratingly slow and constantly runs out of ram, is 3gb really not enough to do basic web browsing and email stuff ?
If I leave chrome open it will slowly eat all the memory - resource manager shows gnome shell using 3gb of memory !
From my perspective it is no better than 9 and in some ways worse .


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Version: 12.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-07-18
Votes: 0


This distro packs quite a bit of content out of the box. I have tried to move to Linux multiple times over the years. Zorin is the only variant that has made me comfortable enough to stay long. This is largely due to its Windowseque feel. The theme\look changer is pretty neat as is the live wallpapers. The preloaded software has it all. I prefer version 11 over 12 as is seems more stable, but overall I am hooked.


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Version: 12.1
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-07-14
Votes: 2


Best looking linux and most modern to my eyes. Androidy visually? Crashy crashy unfortunately on my acer laptop. Chromium is default browser and is fast but crashy (I have to hold power button and reboot). Firefox slow and causes same type of crash. Then I tried installing Pale Moon browser (kind of a 'Firefox-but-lite-on resources' - not actually available in the Zorin repository so got from the PM website) and it is quick and stable! Happy now. Thunderbird works fine too btw.


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