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Zorin Is a Linux OS That Looks and Behaves Like Windows 7 (BAH!)


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#1 Nothing Here

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 15:22

This review was taken from the LifeHacker site. I personally have tried ZorinOS and to be nice about it: It sucked! It's slow and clunky. Feels like your trying to pour molasses through a strainer. Looks are nothing like Windows 7. Just another load of crap. ~ Lo Tec

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If you're building a computer for a relative or friend and wish to avoid the cost of Windows 7 you might look into Zorin—the Linux OS' elements such as the taskbar, file system, start menu, and desktop all work just like in Windows. This combined with Zorin having the WINE Windows Emulator preinstalled means that the end user can install Windows programs easily.
I downloaded the ISO (around 1.14GB), burning a DVD of the ISO, and running the OS from my optical drive. The OS performed well, as you'd expect from running it from the disc. Windows emulated worked well, and although the familiar copyrighted logos are missing otherwise it looks and runs just like Windows7 for average computing tasks.
In addition to WINE Zorun also comes with Play-On-Linux, another Windows emulator I'm not very familiar with. The OS also includes lots of standard open-source/freeware apps and there is a Software Center that functions just like the Ubuntu Software Center but with a slightly smaller catalog.
You can also change the look of GUI from the "Look Changer" in the control center to mimic Windows XP, Vista, Mac OS X, or a vanilla Linux GNOME interface. Zorin's Background Plus makes it easy to use a video file or screensaver as your background.
I like that it has the security of Linux built on the extremely likable interface of Windows7. Depending on how well it recognizes your devices. I had no problems running it on my Lenovo laptop, but your mileage may vary.

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#2 Rudy

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 15:23

It doesn't really look like Win7 :/

#3 .Neo

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 15:30

LOL...

#4 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 15:30

looks awful and from what i have heard from others does not run any smoother with an install as it does from the live cd.

#5 OP Nothing Here

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 15:31

No it doesn't and it's a bad distro. Everything about it sucks. It was unbearable running it on Live DVD, but that is to be expected on live sometimes, so I installed it and even though it was slightly faster after install, after a few hours I just couldn't take it anymore.

#6 Colin McGregor

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 15:35

I must have installed Win7 wrong cause my desktop looks nothing like that

#7 OP Nothing Here

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 15:37

I must have installed Win7 wrong cause my desktop looks nothing like that


Exactly. LifeHacker usually is a good site for info, but that post is just untrue.....

#8 threetonesun

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 16:09

Seriously? It looks like every other Gnome based Linux distro...

#9 DomZ

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 16:13

Seriously? It looks like every other Gnome based Linux distro...


I haven't used Linux for a few years, but isn't that KDE rather than Gnome?

#10 n_K

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 16:15

The only linux distro I've personally tried that looks like windows (xp) and it does, is Red Flag linux, only took about 6 days straight to download it... Wasn't all that worth it.
Apparently lindows (did?) look like windows...

#11 +Frank B.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 16:19

I haven't used Linux for a few years, but isn't that KDE rather than Gnome?

That's definitely KDE in the screenshot.

#12 Dot Matrix

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 16:20

There's a lot of clutter going on there... O_o

#13 Xilo

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 16:20

Doesn't look anything like Windows 7.

#14 OP Nothing Here

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 16:21

I haven't used Linux for a few years, but isn't that KDE rather than Gnome?


That screen is actually LXDE. Go figure.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 16:24

Troll OS



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