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Zorin OS

Last Update: 2019-12-14 05:25 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: 9 (893), 6 months: 9 (960), 3 months: 8 (1,137), 4 weeks: 8 (992), 1 week: 10 (1,002)

Average visitor rating: 8.16/10 from 305 review(s).


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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2019-12-13: Distribution Release: Zorin OS 15.1
 • 2019-11-21: Distribution Release: Zorin OS 15 "Lite"
 • 2019-06-05: Distribution Release: Zorin OS 15
 • 2019-03-20: Development Release: Zorin OS 15 Beta
 • 2018-08-13: Distribution Release: Zorin OS 12.4
 • 2018-03-16: Distribution Release: Zorin OS 12.3
 • 2017-09-08: Distribution Release: Zorin OS 12.2
 • 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
 • More Zorin releases...

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 •2019-06-21 Zorin partners with Star Labs
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  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
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Feature 15.1 12.4 11 10 9 8.1 7.1 6.4 5.2 4 3.2 2 1 Feature
Release Date 2019-12-12 2018-08-13 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 2100-2200 1400-2500                       Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO 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 Graphical Installation
Default Desktop GNOME, Xfce GNOME, Xfce GNOME, LXDE GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME Default Desktop
Package Management DEB, Flatpak, Snap DEB, Snap DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice OO.o LibreOffice OO.o OO.o Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 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
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd Upstart Upstart Upstart Upstart Upstart Upstart Init Software
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 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 Yes Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 15.1 12.4 11 10 9 8.1 7.1 6.4 5.2 4 3.2   1 Full Package List
Package 15.1 12.4 11 10 9 8.1 7.1 6.4 5.2 4 3.2 2 1 Package
abiword (3.0.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.4)
alsa-lib (1.2.1.2) 1.1.3 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 (1.2.1.2)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 8.780 8.723 8.660 8.600 ati-driver (18.30)
bash (5.0) 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 (5.0)
bind (9.15.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.15.8)
chromium (79.0.3945.130) -- -- -- -- -- 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 (79.0.3945.130)
cups (2.3.1) 2.2.7 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 (2.3.1)
dhcp (4.4.2) 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 (4.4.2)
e2fsprogs (1.45.5) 1.44.1 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 (1.45.5)
firefox (72.0.2) 71.0 61.0.1 44.0 39.0 30.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.5.6 3.0.11 firefox (72.0.2)
freetype (2.10.1) 2.8.1 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 (2.10.1)
gcc (9.2.0) -- 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 (9.2.0)
gimp (2.10.14) 2.10.8 -- 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 (2.10.14)
glibc (2.30) 2.28 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 (2.30)
gnome-shell (3.34.3) 3.30.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.34.3)
gnucash (3.8b) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (3.8b)
gnumeric (1.12.46) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.46)
grub (2.04) 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 (2.04)
gtk (3.24.13) 3.22.30 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 (3.24.13)
httpd (2.4.41) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.41)
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.4)
k3b (19.12.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (19.12.1)
kmod (26) 24 22 21 18 15 9 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (26)
krita (4.2.8.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.2.8.2)
libreoffice (6.3.4) 6.3.3 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 (6.3.4)
linux (5.5) 5.0 4.15 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 (5.5)
Package 15.1 12.4 11 10 9 8.1 7.1 6.4 5.2 4 3.2 2 1 Package
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.0)
mariadb (10.4.11) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.4.11)
mate-desktop (1.22.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.22.2)
mesa (19.3.2) 19.0.8 18.0.5 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 (19.3.2)
mysql (8.0.19) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.19)
nautilus (3.34.2) 3.26.4 3.14.3 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 (3.34.2)
NVIDIA (440.44) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 260.19.06 195.36.24 185.18.36 180.44 NVIDIA (440.44)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (13.0.1) -- -- 7u91 7u79 7u55 7u51 -- -- -- -- 6b20 -- 6b14 openjdk (13.0.1)
openssh (8.1p1) 7.6p1 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 (8.1p1)
openssl (1.1.1d) 1.1.1 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 (1.1.1d)
perl (5.30.1) 5.26.1 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 (5.30.1)
php (7.4.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.4.2)
plasma-desktop (5.17.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.17.5)
postfix (3.4.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.4.8)
postgresql (12.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (12.1)
Python (3.8.1) 3.6.9 2.7.12 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 (3.8.1)
qt (5.14.1) 5.9.5 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 (5.14.1)
samba (4.11.6) -- -- 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 (4.11.6)
systemd (244) 237 229 225 219 204 204 198 -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (244)
thunderbird (68.4.2) 68.2.1 52.9.1 -- -- 24.6.0 24.3.0 24.0 17.0.8 -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (68.4.2)
vim (8.2) 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 (8.2)
vlc (3.0.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.0.8 1.1.9 1.1.4 1.0.6 -- -- vlc (3.0.8)
xfdesktop (4.14.2) 4.14.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.14.2)
xorg-server (1.20.7) 1.20.4 1.18.4 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 (1.20.7)

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Version: 15.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2020-01-28
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+Zorin Connect: Zorin OS really impressed me by its mobile phone connection. "Zorin Connect" system works well and It has a nice design for either Desktop and Android app. It was always a big problem to transfer data and sync my phone and Linux computer by USB cable for me. But this distro saved my life. Also, you can manage presentation files by your phone remotely.
+Design: It is fluent and elegant literally. Also, you can manage design easily by Zorin Appearance tool which is great. Because other distros required a lot of effort to change some basic things. But Zorin already has solved this problem. Even Dark mode works perfectly. I can tell a lot about how I love GUI but you better try it and see with your own eyes.
+Annoying errors and crashes: I love Ubuntu and Mint but I have seen error pop-ups much, in long term usage. this always pisses me off. Because everything looks fine in the first week. But after couple of weeks, too many error messages are waiting for you. I'm using Zorin for 3 months and I have no problem. No errors, no crashes. I think Zorin is very stable.
+regular update and development: There are some amazing distros but they don't get regular updates. But Zorin OS is really alive and you can see its progress.

p.s: I am looking forward to Zorin Grid. It is going to be an amazing feature. I am sure most companies, schools, even governments can benefit from this feature.


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Version: 15.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2020-01-25
Votes: 3


Zorin has a great GUI, really easy to use, loads of apps available and more can be installed through terminal if needed. It's quick even even on my 6 year old Intel NUC.


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Version: 12.4
Rating: 10
Date: 2020-01-22
Votes: 1


I'm using Zorin since 4 years and I have no problem founded inside it.
Useful to work in any environment.



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