Zorin OS

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Zorin OS
Zorin OS Logo
Desktop of main version
Zorin OS 15 desktop
DeveloperZorin Group
Written inC, C++, Python, D, Java
OS familyLinux
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen-source
Initial release2009
Latest releaseZorin OS 16[1] / 17 August 2021; 3 months ago (2021-08-17)
Latest previewZorin OS 16[2] / 15 April 2021; 7 months ago (2021-04-15)
Repository
Marketing targetPersonal computers
Available inOver 50 languages
Update methodSoftware Updater
Package managerAPT, dpkg, Snap, flatpak
Platformsx86_64, i686[3]
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
UserlandGNU
Default
user interface
GNOME, Xfce
LicenseFree software + some optional proprietary device drivers
Official websitezorin.com/os/

Zorin OS is a personal computer operating system[4][5] designed and promoted for users new to Linux-based computers. One of its built-in features lets users change the interface to resemble those of Microsoft Windows or macOS.[6][3][7] Wine and PlayOnLinux can be easily installed in Zorin OS,[8] allowing users to run compatible Windows software for ease of transition. Zorin OS's creators maintain three free-of-charge editions of the operating system, and a "Pro" edition for purchase.[9]

The current releases are Zorin OS 16 Pro, Zorin OS 16 Core, Zorin OS 15.3 Lite, Zorin OS 15.3 Education and Zorin OS 15.3 Education Lite. The new editions continue to use the Ubuntu-based Linux kernel and GNOME or XFCE interface.[10]

Features[edit]

Zorin OS is fully graphical, with a graphical installer. For stability and security, it follows the long-term releases of the main Ubuntu system. It uses its own software repositories as well as Ubuntu's repositories.

About[edit]

The Zorin OS company is based in Dublin, Ireland. The project was started in 2008 by co-founders Artyom and Kyrill Zorin.[11]

History[edit]

Zorin OS was initially released 1 July 2009. Earlier versions required users to do a clean install, but since version 12.4, the system's update manager can be used to upgrade existing installations.

Version history[edit]

Version Date Based on Features/Notes Ref(s)
Old version, no longer maintained: Zorin OS 1.0 1 July 2009 Initial release [12]
Old version, no longer maintained: Zorin OS Limited Edition '09 7 December 2009
Old version, no longer maintained: Zorin OS 2 1 January 2010 5 different varieties: Core, Gaming, Multimedia, Educational, Ultimate
Old version, no longer maintained: Zorin OS 3 10 June 2010 Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Zorin OS Look Changer added, installation slideshow tutorial
Old version, no longer maintained: Zorin OS 4 22 December 2010 Ubuntu 10.10 Improved file manager, performance improvements
Old version, no longer maintained: Zorin OS 5 6 June 2011 Ubuntu 11.04 Core and Ultimate available; new theme, updated software, Zorin-specific program improvements
Old version, no longer maintained: Zorin OS 5.1 23 August 2011 Updated Linux Kernel, aesthetic updates
Old version, no longer maintained: Zorin OS 6 18 June 2012 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Core and Ultimate available; new desktop environment, "Zorin Look Changer"
Old version, no longer maintained: Zorin OS 6.1 8 November 2012 Updated kernel & software, security updates
Old version, no longer maintained: Zorin OS 6.2 27 February 2013 "Zorin Menu" update, stability improvements
Old version, no longer maintained: Zorin OS 6.3 14 May 2013 Updated kernel
Old version, no longer maintained: Zorin OS 7 10 June 2013 Ubuntu 13.04 Core and Ultimate available; updated software, Linux kernel 3.8, design overhaul
Old version, no longer maintained: Zorin OS 6.4 28 August 2013 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Updated kernel and software
Old version, no longer maintained: Zorin OS 8 27 January 2014 Ubuntu 13.10 Core and Ultimate available; updated software, UI improvements, Zorin theme changer[13]
Old version, no longer maintained: Zorin OS 9 15 July 2014 Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Core and Ultimate available; stability improvements, Firefox support, more themes
Old version, no longer maintained: Zorin OS 10 1 August 2015 Ubuntu 15.04 Default application refresh, performance & security improvements
Old version, no longer maintained: Zorin OS 11 3 February 2016 Ubuntu 15.10 Core and Ultimate available; new default applications, desktop user experience overhaul
Old version, no longer maintained: Zorin OS 12 18 November 2016 Ubuntu 16.04 LTS New Zorin Desktop, activities overview, search revamp[14]
Old version, no longer maintained: Zorin OS 12.1 27 February 2017 Bug fixes, new desktop features, performance improvements
Old version, no longer maintained: Zorin OS 12.2 8 September 2017 Desktop refinements, performance and stability improvements
Old version, no longer maintained: Zorin OS 12.3 16 March 2018 Wine compatibility built-in, Direct3D 10 & 11 support[15]
Old version, no longer maintained: Zorin OS 12.4 13 September 2018 Linux kernel 4.15, performance improvements, software update process streamlining[16]
Current stable version: Zorin OS 15 5 June 2019 Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Performance improvements, Zorin Connect (Android sync notifications), New desktop theme, Touch Layout functions, Flatpak support, New System font[1]
Current stable version: Zorin OS 15.2 5 March 2020 Stronger security and hardware compatibility[1]
Current stable version: Zorin OS 15.3 8 September 2020 Works better with the updated LibreOffice. Improved hardware compatibility and security.[1]
Current stable version: Zorin OS 16 17 August 2021 Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Visual changes, based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Flatpak support out of the box.[2]

Security[edit]

Zorin OS comes with the Uncomplicated Firewall installed, although it is not enabled by default.

Reception[edit]

Zorin OS has been praised for its intuitive and familiar layouts, functionality, and installation process;[17][18][19] as well as for making it easy to use a Windows-similar layout, install NVIDIA drivers, and navigate an easy and intuitive software center.[citation needed]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Zorin OS (August 17, 2021). "Zorin OS 16 is Released". Zorin Group.
  2. ^ a b Zorin OS (16 April 2021). "Introducing Zorin OS 16: Test the Beta Today". Zorin Group.
  3. ^ a b "Zorin OS". DistroWatch.com. 2018-08-28. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Zorin OS: The Linux Distribution for Windows XP and 7 Fans". linux.com. The Linux Foundation. 2016-02-24.
  5. ^ "10 reasons to try Zorin OS 9, the Linux OS that looks like Windows". pcworld.com. PC World. 2014-07-30.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Zorin OS: Install Apps". Zorin OS. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  9. ^ Phillip, Watt (2015-08-29). Pro Freeware and Open Source Solutions for Business. Apress. p. 218. ISBN 9781484211304.
  10. ^ Johnston, Mike (5 December 2016). "Zorin OS 12 Review". CMS Critic. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  11. ^ Prakash, Abhishek. "Zorin OS: From the Hobby Project of Two Teenagers to a Growing Startup - It's FOSS". itsfoss.com. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Zorin news releases". DistroWatch.com. Unsigned Integer Limited. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  13. ^ Zorin OS (27 January 2014). "Zorin OS 8 Core and Ultimate are here". Zorin Group. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  14. ^ Zorin OS (18 November 2016). "Zorin OS 12 Core and Ultimate Are Here: Our Biggest Release Ever". Zorin Group. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  15. ^ Zorin OS (15 March 2018). "Zorin OS 12.3 Released – A Stronger, More Versatile System". Zorin Group. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  16. ^ Zorin OS (13 August 2018). "Zorin OS 12.4 Released – More Secure and Compatible than Ever Before". Zorin Group. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  17. ^ Bidwell, Jonni (22 February 2017). "Zorin OS 12 Core". TechRadar. Future plc. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Zorin OS 12 Review: LinuxAndUbuntu Distro Review Of The Week". LinuxAndUbuntu. 2 November 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  19. ^ 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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