Zorin OS

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Zorin OS
Zorin OS Logo
Zorin OS Logo
Desktop of Main Version
Zorin OS 15 desktop in English
DeveloperZorin Group
Written inC, C++, Python, D
OS familyLinux
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen-source, some proprietary drivers
Initial release2009
Latest releaseOS 15[1] / 5 June 2019; 2 months ago (2019-06-05)
Marketing targetPersonal computers
Available inMore than 50 languages by LoCos
Update methodSoftware Updater
Package managerAPT, dpkg, Snappy, flatpak
Platformsx86_64, i686[2]
Kernel typeMonolithic
UserlandGNU
Default user interfaceGNOME
LicenseFree software licenses
(mainly GPL)
Official websitehttps://zorinos.com

Zorin OS is a personal computer operating system based on Ubuntu.[3][4] It is marketed as an operating system designed for users new to Linux-based computer systems. One of the operating system's built-in features allows users to change the interface to resemble those of Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X[5][2][6] It also comes bundled with Wine and PlayOnLinux allowing users to run Windows software for ease of transition and gaming. Zorin OS' creators distribute different versions of the operating system; three of the versions, an "Ultimate" , an "Education" and a "Business" version, are for purchase.[7]

Its current releases are Zorin OS 15 Ultimate, and Zorin OS 15 Core. The new editions continue to use the Debian-based Linux kernel and GNOME interface.[8]

Features[edit]

Zorin OS is fully graphical along with a graphical installer. Zorin OS follows the Long-term releases of the main Ubuntu system for stability and security.

Zorin OS comes with its own repositories and historically with Ubuntu's repositories as well.

Relation to Ubuntu[edit]

Zorin OS is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution. The distribution aims to be user-friendly and be fully compatible with Ubuntu's own base.

History[edit]

Zorin OS initially released on 1 July 2009. The 12.x series were the last version of Zorin OS that required users to do a clean install after 12.4 since then you were able to upgrade as normal via the systems update manager.

Version history[edit]

Version Date Features/Notes Ref(s)
Old version, no longer supported: Zorin OS 1.0 1 July 2009 Initial release [9]
Old version, no longer supported: Zorin OS Limited Edition '09 7 December 2009
Old version, no longer supported: Zorin OS 2 1 January 2010 5 different varieties: Core, Gaming, Multimedia, Educational, Ultimate
Old version, no longer supported: Zorin OS 3 10 June 2010 Zorin OS Look Changer added, installation slideshow tutorial
Old version, no longer supported: Zorin OS 4 22 December 2010 Improved file manager, performance improvements
Old version, no longer supported: Zorin OS 5 6 June 2011 Core and Ultimate available; new theme, updated software, Zorin-specific program improvements
Old version, no longer supported: Zorin OS 5.1 23 August 2011 Updated Linux Kernel, aesthetic updates
Old version, no longer supported: Zorin OS 6 18 June 2012 Core and Ultimate available; new desktop environment, "Zorin Look Changer"
Old version, no longer supported: Zorin OS 6.1 8 November 2012 Updated kernel & software, security updates
Old version, no longer supported: Zorin OS 6.2 27 February 2013 "Zorin Menu" update, stability improvements
Old version, no longer supported: Zorin OS 6.3 14 May 2013 Updated kernel
Old version, no longer supported: Zorin OS 7 10 June 2013 Core and Ultimate available; updated software, Linux kernel 3.8, design overhaul
Old version, no longer supported: Zorin OS 6.4 28 August 2013 Updated kernel and software
Old version, no longer supported: Zorin OS 8 27 January 2014 Core and Ultimate available; updated software, UI improvements, Zorin theme changer[10]
Old version, no longer supported: Zorin OS 9 15 July 2014 Core and Ultimate available; stability improvements, Firefox support, more themes
Old version, no longer supported: Zorin OS 10 1 August 2015 Default application refresh, performance & security improvements
Old version, no longer supported: Zorin OS 11 3 February 2016 Core and Ultimate available; new default applications, desktop user experience overhaul
Old version, no longer supported: Zorin OS 12 18 November 2016 New Zorin Desktop, activities overview, search revamp[11]
Old version, no longer supported: Zorin OS 12.1 27 February 2017 Bug fixes, new desktop features, performance improvements
Old version, no longer supported: Zorin OS 12.2 8 September 2017 Desktop refinements, performance and stability improvements
Old version, no longer supported: Zorin OS 12.3 16 March 2018 Wine compatibility built-in, Direct3D 10 & 11 support[12]
Old version, no longer supported: Zorin OS 12.4 13 September 2018 Linux kernel 4.15, performance improvements, software update process streamlining[13]
Current stable version: Zorin OS 15 05 June 2019 Performance improvements, Zorin Connect (Android sync notifications), New desktop theme, Touch Layout functions, Flatpak support, New System font[1]

GNOME and LXDE are currently the official desktop environments as LXDE is tend to be used mainly for the Lite Editions. Other desktop environments are also available for install in the repos due to it being Ubuntu-based.

Security[edit]

Zorin OS, like its Ubuntu-counterpart, comes by default with the Uncomplicated Firewall though its not enabled by default.

Reception[edit]

Zorin OS has been praised for its intuitive and familiar layouts, functionality, and installation process.[14][15][16]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Zorin OS (5 June 2019). "Zorin OS 15 is here". Zorin Group.
  2. ^ a b "Zorin OS". DistroWatch.com. 2018-08-28. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Zorin OS: The Linux Distribution for Windows XP and 7 Fans". linux.com. The Linux Foundation. 2016-02-24.
  4. ^ "10 reasons to try Zorin OS 9, the Linux OS that looks like Windows". pcworld.com. PC World. 2014-07-30.
  5. ^ "Zorin OS-Home". Zorin OS. Retrieved 19 March 2016. Zorin OS is a multi-functional operating system designed specifically for newcomers to Linux. It's based on Ubuntu Linux....The Look Changer lets you change your desktop to look and act like either Windows 7, XP, 2000, Ubuntu Unity, Mac OS X or GNOME 2 for ultimate ease of use.
  6. ^ Speed, Richard (14 August 2018). "Linux 4.18 arrives fashionably late while Zorin OS shines up its Windows". The Register. Situation Publishing. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  7. ^ Phillip, Watt (2015-08-29). Pro Freeware and Open Source Solutions for Business. Apress. p. 218. ISBN 9781484211304.
  8. ^ Johnston, Mike (5 December 2016). "Zorin OS 12 Review". CMS Critic. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Zorin news releases". DistroWatch.com. Unsigned Integer Limited. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  10. ^ Zorin OS (27 January 2014). "Zorin OS 8 Core and Ultimate are here". Zorin Group. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  11. ^ Zorin OS (18 November 2016). "Zorin OS 12 Core and Ultimate Are Here: Our Biggest Release Ever". Zorin Group. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  12. ^ Zorin OS (15 March 2018). "Zorin OS 12.3 Released – A Stronger, More Versatile System". Zorin Group. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  13. ^ Zorin OS (13 August 2018). "Zorin OS 12.4 Released – More Secure and Compatible than Ever Before". Zorin Group. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  14. ^ Bidwell, Jonni (22 February 2017). "Zorin OS 12 Core". TechRadar. Future plc. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Zorin OS 12 Review: LinuxAndUbuntu Distro Review Of The Week". LinuxAndUbuntu. 2 November 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  16. ^ Fagioli, Brian (14 August 2018). "Zorin OS 12.4 Linux distribution is here – switch from Microsoft Windows 10 now!". betanews. BetaNews, Inc. Retrieved 27 October 2018.

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