Zorin 6 Review
It’s been a long while since Linux distros have tried to emulate the look and feel of Windows. Most distributions thought it would be the best way to get Windows users who are fed up with the constant virus and malware threats to switch to Linux and it has not been a successful run back in the day with Linspire and Xandros closing up shop a long time ago.
Now enter Zorin OS 6, a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 12.04LTS that gives you that Windows feeling with their added touches.
Installation of Zorin OS 6 was quite a simple task. It is the same installer that Ubuntu and Ubuntu variants use so if you’ve installed Ubuntu before you will feel at home.
Zorin comes with their own desktop aptly named Zorin Desktop Environment which is unique to this distribution. It gives the developers more control over the look and feel than using GNOME or KDE for its desktop environment.
Changing the look and feel of your desktop environment is important to some and Zorin makes it possible for you to change how Zorin behaves with the Zorin Look Changer. This application allows you to change the feel from a Windows 7 menu (default) to a Windows XP or Gnome 2 feel. There are options to make it behave like OS X or Ubuntu’s Unity desktop but you will have to pay for those extra features.
Zorin Web Browser Manager is a nifty tool for those who want to install, remove or add a second browser. By default, Google Chrome is the default web browser but adding Firefox, Opera or Midori is done quite easily by clicking install underneath the browser icon and then from there it will download and install the browser of your choosing.
The popular WINE application comes as part of Zorin OS. WINE is an application that allows you to install and run Windows applications without the need of Windows being installed. For more information on which applications can run, check out WINE’s homepage for further information.
The Ubuntu Software Center makes its appearance in Zorin OS. It is where you can download and install and remove programs. You also have access to Synaptic Package Manager for those who feel a little bit more techy and want to try it out. Update Manager is also available in Zorin as it is the program used to notify and install any system and application updates.
The menu system in Zorin is handled by AWN (Avant Window Navigator) and you can customize how the icons and system bar look and behave but by default it looks great as it is.
Zorin is a wonderfully made distribution that takes the feel of Windows and makes it so simple if a new computer user would be in front of it, they would think they were using Windows. Linspire and Xandros used to be the major players in the field of creating Windows-esque distributions but still lacked a lot of oomph which many years later now exists.
The look and feel of Zorin is great and would highly recommend this distribution for those who are beginners in Linux or those who aren’t and need a way to stop those calls from family members about viruses and system being slow.