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  • Zorin OS



    Has anyone experienced ZORIN OS ?

    I have about 6 old computers, “bees knees”

    back in the day, and my “latest” OS  I  seldom use is win 7.

    Ethics keeps asking me to upgrade, but I ignore, thanks to Android, I don’t see the urgency anymore.

    I found an old box APPLE PC, Very heavy  but it works.
    Have use for it for sound system off-line stuff.

    But back to ZORIN OS.

    WILL IT OR CAN IT BE USED INSTEAD OF WIN 10, 11 when it comes to online financial stuff like banking etc. As mentioned, for me there is no urgency  Android on my 5g phone does ok for now.

    I cannot afford much  but I can tinker with the old stuff and keep sane.


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    • #2402871

      Suppose it all depends on how comfortable you are using linux and what hardware it’s being installed on.
      Zorin, in my experience is ok aesthetically although if you fancy
      the different General User interface (GUI) a donation/fee is required.

      If I were to suggest any Linux distro for simplicity and security, it would have to be Linux Mint which comes in various GUI flavours in xfce, mate, cinnamon and cinnamon sans ubuntu (LMDE4)
      Lower end devices would benefit from xfce or mate with cinnamon being slightly heavier on system resources albeit a more familiar interface for current/ ex-windows users.
      Linux Mint homepage

      | Quality over Quantity |
    • #2402950

      I rather liked Zorin all the way up to the time when it refused to work after a restart, with an error message which indicated that the installation was completely stuffed (technical British idiom), and a re-installation was the only way out.  I wasn’t impressed with that as a recovery option!

      MX-Linux looks worth investigating (but doesn’t support my 1920×1200 screen natively, using the Live USB at least – have to use 1600×1200).  Also try Mint Cinnamon (as Microfix suggests).


      Plethora means a lot to me.

    • #2402948

      I use Zorin on my den laptop. I use it while paying just enough attention to streaming TV so I can tell my wife what was just said.
      It’s fine. It works. So will any number of Linux options.
      I was particularly interested in Zorin as I’d invested in Lindows way back when.

      A better option for people with zero Linux exposure, would be Windowsxgf which I have running on an old laptop at work.
      Except – I can’t find the download anymore. It looks just like Windows 11, but it’s all Linux based. It installs and implements WINE as part of the install process.


      • #2402962

        What is Windowsxgf? I’ve never heard of it and a web search yields nothing that seems at all relevant.

      • #2402959

        Would that be windowsfx 30 day trial then $25 for full pro?

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    • #2402967

      What is Windowsxgf? I’ve never heard of it and a web search yields nothing that seems at all relevant.

      Linuxfx / Windowsfx : Linux version of Windows 11

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    • #2402981

      There are also KDE/ Plasma versions of linux if you like eye-candy on your desktop,
      I’m sure @Ascaris or others would be able to chime in and recommend.

      | Quality over Quantity |
    • #2403006

      Zorin OS was the first Linux distro that I tried when I realized the direction Microsoft was taking with Windows 8. It was billed as a Windows look-and-feel, which was fine with me as I loathed the Windows 8 UI.

      But then after a while, support ended for the version of Zorin that I was using (6), which is when I discovered the annoyances of twice-yearly OS releases with short support periods. (I was not yet aware of the existence of LTS versions.) And then the next Zorin version that I installed looked like Windows 10 with all its blinding white flatness, which was definitely not the look that I was hoping for.

      Somewhere along the way, I discovered Linux distros based on KDE Plasma (first Netrunner, then Kubuntu), and I haven’t looked back at Zorin since.


    • #2403492

      I’ve used Mint in their various forms for several years now. They are probably the most like Windows and easiest to adapt to. Hardware support seems to be pretty good. Like most Linux distros, if you have a serious issue with a hardware driver you may find yourself struggling to find a driver and install it. Linux ‘tinkering’ is completely unlike Windows and I find it very confusing.

      Tried Zorin 15 something like a year ago. Different look which was OK. Not bad to use but seemed more incomplete. After a couple months I uninstalled it. Thought Mint was still more acceptable to me, but then I had been using it for a good while.
      When Zorin 16 came around I tried it again. The new look and changes made it much more acceptable. IMO, a Mint version appropriate to your hardware, or Z16 would both be worth a trial. If both work, pick the one that suits your preference.

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