Zorin OS may have become my next favorite Linux distribution right after Ubuntu. I’ve tested Zorin inside VirtualBox, and I’m surprised that Zorin behaves superbly even though it is only using a virtual environment. For your information, VirtualBox is one type of software that capable of providing virtual machines. As I say I’m impressed with Zorin for its performance inside a virtual environment, and it’s because I’ve found out that installing Zorin is a little faster than Ubuntu — that’s installing Ubuntu inside VirtualBox seems to be a little slower. I haven’t yet compared the speed of the installation for both of these Linux distributions on the normal environment (i.e., without virtual environment).
Zorin is mimicking Windows for its user interface, but its user interface out of the box is still powering by Gnome. Windows users may find Zorin is even more friendlier than Ubuntu. Everything inside Zorin seems to be very responsive such as its menu. Zorin is a derivative of Ubuntu which is a derivative of Debian which makes Zorin is a Debian also. Thus Zorin works exactly like Ubuntu under the hood. Opening up a terminal in Zorin, and you can execute Ubuntu’s commands. Thus Zorin can be further customized to be more secured as how I’ve always done so for Ubuntu following the instruction here and here.
I’ve little to say about Zorin besides I’m very impressed with it since it’s a derivative of Ubuntu. If you are familiar with Ubuntu, then you already know how to use Zorin. If you’ve read Essayboard often, then you already know that I’d written many essays on Ubuntu. It seems redundant if I’m writing more about Zorin since you can always look up the essays about Ubuntu on Essayboard.
Personal opinion, I like Zorin. It’s impressive as it’s running very smooth and fast. What makes it different than Ubuntu is that its user interface — mimicking Windows. Some users may criticize why on earth another Linux distribution mimics Windows, but I’ve to say I don’t mind about that since Linux can be customized to look like however it wants to. Some Windows users may find the similarities to Windows as a blessing; Zorin may be on their mind.
My testing specification of Zorin with VirtualBox is below (i.e., the settings inside VirtualBox for Zorin):
4GB of RAM
Nested Paging enabled
300 GB of Hard Drive
128 MB of graphic card memory
64 bit machine
Zorin can be downloaded at http://www.zorin-os.webs.com/. Also, Distrowatch has ranked Zorin at 45. A distant away from Ubuntu in term of ranking on Distrowatch, but I do recommend you to try Zorin out. Ubuntu ranks as number one at this very moment on Distrowatch. Have fun Zorin!