Here’s the pitch. You’ve been using Windows since you were a kid, and you’ve always been pretty tech savvy. Maybe you’ve done some coding, and perhaps you feel restricted by the closed nature of Microsoft’s products. Whatever your background, you’re now interested in giving Linux a try – however there’s a crippling amount of choice in distributions, and they all look so alien. This is where Zorin comes in.
Zorin promotes itself as the distro of choice for Windows users to make the change to Linux. To be fair, this situation isn’t all that uncommon, and of course any attempt to help the would-be Redmond converts take their first steps into a larger world should be applauded. For those unfamiliar with Zorin, the very basic concept is that it takes the latest version of Ubuntu, and adds their own custom GNOME Shell that looks remarkably like Windows. In the case of Zorin OS 6, this is no different, taking Ubuntu 12.04 and adding a desktop environment in the vein of Windows 7.
So it still is, and works like, Linux. Which is sort of the point. All Zorin really does is present the options and applications in Ubuntu in a way Windows users can relate to. In the Zorin/Start Menu there’s a Computer folder (the replacement for My Computer in a post-XP world), a Document’s folder, and options for settings, shut down, etc. The taskbar is on the bottom, where windows of the same app are grouped together, and there’s also a window focused alt-tab function. You know, Windows. The main thing is, it’s a stable environment. Aside from the odd (and very minor) inconsistent interface issues like the Start Menu shutdown window being different from the taskbar shutdown window, overall it’s nicely implemented as well.
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