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Zorin OS 7 Released – A Ultimate Linux Desktop with Windows 7 Feel

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Since Linux is founded in 1991, Linux is transformed into a mature operating system, ready to use operating system even for people that never touch a computer before. Linux at the beginning only had Command Line Interface (CLI). Over time, Linux begins to have Graphical User Interface (GUI).

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However, Linux came after Microsoft Windows. Many people are more familiar with Microsoft Windows than Linux. One of the reasons why people are reluctant to switch to Linux is because of its user interface. On the enterprise level – at least in the place that I work – it is not easy to push employee to change from Microsoft Windows into Linux. Changing from Microsoft Windows to Linux, means that they must learn about how to use Linux.

What is Zorin OS

To reduce high learning curve, now we have Zorin OS. From Zorin website, it said that:

“Zorin OS is a multi-functional operating system designed specifically for Windows user who want to have easy and smooth access to Linux.”.

By default, Zorin OS will have a graphical interface which similar with Windows 7. Based on Ubuntu Linux which is the most popular Linux desktop across the globe, Zorin OS is trying to influence Windows users.

Zorin Features

Here’s are some features that Zorin OS have:

  1. No risk of getting viruses
  2. Much faster than Windows 7
  3. An easy to use and familiar desktop
  4. Customizable user interface using Look Changer
  5. Stable as it is based on the robust Linux operating system
  6. All the software you will ever need out of the box
  7. Extremely versatile and customizable Open Source software
  8. Available over 55 languages

Download Zorin OS 7 DVD ISO’s

Zorin OS is divided into two versions. Free and Premium. You can download the free version from Zorin OS website.

  1. Download Zorin OS 7 Free Version

Premium version is available in exchange for a donation for physical DVD or download directly from Zorin OS dedicated server.

  1. Download Zorin OS 7 Premium Version

Next you should burn it into a DVD. If you prefer to use USB stick for the media, you can try using UNetBootin.

  1. Install Linux from USB Device Using Unetbootin

Zorin OS 7 Installation Guide with Screenshots

In this article, we are covering Zorin OS 7 Free version and 32 bit system. Once you have Zorin OS in the DVD or USB stick, we can start the installation.

This first time Zorin OS is booted, you will see a Grub Screen. If you want to try before install it, press Boot the Live System.

Boot Zorin OSBoot Zorin OS

Boot Zorin OS

After waiting for short time, you will see a Zorin OS in Live System. As you can see, the the feel of its taskbar is similar with Windows 7 although not 100% identical.

Boot Zorin OSBoot Zorin Live CD

Boot Zorin Live CD

If you want to install Zorin OS right away, double-click the Install Zorin OS icons. Then we continue to the next step. The first installation screen of Zorin OS is the language. You must pick one language before go to the next step.

Boot Zorin OSLanguage Selection

Language Selection

Then Zorin will ask you confirmation about this installation. Make sure you have at least 8,1 GB free space on your harddisk.

Boot Zorin OSPreparing to Install Zorin

Preparing to Install Zorin

Don’t forget to choose the installation type. If you are a common user, the Erase disk and Install Zorin option is the best. But please notice that this option will delete any files on the disk.

Boot Zorin OSSelect Installation Type

Select Installation Type

Then Zorin will ask you keyboard language. Just pick one.

Boot Zorin OSSelect Keyboard Layout

Select Keyboard Layout

Next, pick your timezone.

Boot Zorin OSSelect Timezone

Select Timezone

Enter your user detail. Even using weak password is allowed, but it is not recommended.

Boot Zorin OSSubmit User Information

Submit User Information

After that, Zorin will start copying files to your computer.

Boot Zorin OSCopying Files

Copying Files

Boot Zorin OSCopying Files Process

Copying Files Process

Boot Zorin OSCopying Files Process Continue

Copying Files Process Continue

Boot Zorin OSAlmost Finished Copying Files

Almost Finished Copying Files

Boot Zorin OSCompleted Copying Files

Completed Copying Files

When its finished, reboot your computer and remove the DVD / USB Stick.

Boot Zorin OSZorin OS Desktop

Zorin OS Desktop

Sneak peak of Zorin OS

As we are know, Linux has many distribution. Zorin OS is based on Ubuntu Linux. As we mentioned before, one the advantages of Zorin OS is its graphical interface and its feel like Windows 7. Here are some screen shots about it.

Windows 7 like Start Menu
Boot Zorin OSStart Menu

Start Menu

Intuitive Login Screen
Boot Zorin OSZorin Login Screen

Zorin Login Screen

Guest Login

Zorin also enabled Guest User by default. So if your colleague want to use computer, just let him / her use Guest User.

Boot Zorin OSGuest Login

Guest Login

Browser Manager

To surf the Internet you will see Google Chrome browser as default. If you prefer to choose one, you can easily install Firefox, Opera, or Midori browser. Just point your cursor to Start > Internet > Zorin Browser Manager.

Boot Zorin OSBrowser Manager

Browser Manager

Control Panel

Zorin OS has clean interface for its System Setting. The System Setting is divided into three section : Personal, Hardware and System. If you want to search some function, just drop your cursor into searching box which located on the top right area and type what you want to search.

Boot Zorin OSSystem Settings

System Settings

Firewall

Zorin OS is protected by ufw Firewall. Ufw is a front-end to iptables firewall. Ufw is running it console mode. Luckily, Gufw as a graphical front-end to iptables is installed by default.

Boot Zorin OSZorin Firewall

Zorin Firewall

User Account

Zorin OS named a root user with Administrator. This naming remind user to Windows environment who also named a super user account with Administrator.

Boot Zorin OSUser Account

User Account

Change Look and Feel

Zorin OS Free version comes with 3 Look and Feel. It’s Windows 7 (default), Windows XP and Gnome 2. To change its Look and Feel, just go to Start > System Tools > Zorin Look Changer.

Boot Zorin OSChange Look and Feel

Change Look and Feel

Conclusion

Zorin OS is not Windows 7. Using Zorin OS won’t give you the same experience of using Windows 7. But it’s probably closer to the user experience of Windows 7. What do you think?

Reference Links

Zorin Homepage