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Introducing Zorin OS 4

Jan 18, 2011, 15:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jesse Smith)

"Zorin OS is, according to the project's website, an easy-to-use, fast operating system which attempts to be useful straight out of the box. The distro appears to be targeting people who have, up to this point, been using Windows and the project makes much of its ability to ape the Windows GUI and run Windows applications through WINE. The project offers us the Core edition of their OS for free and charges a small fee for their premium editions. Zorin's website includes a news section, a page for frequently asked questions, a support forum and on-line store. All of this is well laid out, navigation is easy and I found the design appealing. The Core edition of Zorin OS 4 is downloadable as a DVD image and weighs in at 1.17 GB.

"Booting from the Zorin DVD brings up a boot menu which allows us to boot into a live desktop environment, a desktop environment with safe graphics settings, a text-based environment, or kick off the installer. I opted for the default graphical environment. A short time later I was presented with a GNOME desktop featuring a night sky background. Large navigation icons and a launcher for the installer were placed on the desktop. A task switcher and an application menu were displayed along the bottom of the screen. The first quirk I ran into with Zorin was that clicking on either the application menu, or the logout button on the task bar, would cause just the top item in the corresponding menu to be displayed. Everything else on the menu was hidden. I soon found that either moving the task bar to the top of the screen or changing the system's theme would cause the menus to display properly."

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