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).
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.
Here’s are some features that Zorin OS have:
- No risk of getting viruses
- Much faster than Windows 7
- An easy to use and familiar desktop
- Customizable user interface using Look Changer
- Stable as it is based on the robust Linux operating system
- All the software you will ever need out of the box
- Extremely versatile and customizable Open Source software
- 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.
Premium version is available in exchange for a donation for physical DVD or download directly from Zorin OS dedicated server.
Next you should burn it into a DVD. If you prefer to use USB stick for the media, you can try 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.
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.
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.
Then Zorin will ask you confirmation about this installation. Make sure you have at least 8,1 GB free space on your harddisk.
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.
Then Zorin will ask you keyboard language. Just pick one.
Next, pick your timezone.
Enter your user detail. Even using weak password is allowed, but it is not recommended.
After that, Zorin will start copying files to your computer.
When its finished, reboot your computer and remove the DVD / USB Stick.
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
Intuitive Login Screen
Zorin also enabled Guest User by default. So if your colleague want to use computer, just let him / her use Guest User.
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.
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.
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.
Zorin OS named a root user with Administrator. This naming remind user to Windows environment who also named a super user account with Administrator.
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.
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?