The Zorin OS operating system gives you the ultimate desktop experience. Some of the advantages of Zorin OS:
People are in constant fear of viruses and malware in this digital world. Thanks to Zorin OS's immunity to Windows viruses you will never have to worry about them. Zorin OS also comes with integrated firewall software to keep your system extra safe. When a potential security threat arises, software updates usually come within a matter of hours through the Update Manager. With Zorin OS you are sure to have peace of mind.
The main goal of Zorin OS is to give Windows users easy access to Linux. That is why Zorin OS incorporates the familiar Windows 7-like interface by default to dramatically reduce the learning curve of this system while still experiencing the main advantages of Linux. You can also utilise the desktop with other interfaces. This is thanks to the exclusive Zorin Look Changer which lets you change your desktop to look and act like either Windows 7, Windows XP or GNOME 2 in the free versions of Zorin OS. The Premium versions also include the Windows 2000, Unity and Mac OS X looks.
Zorin OS is packed with software, ready for you to take advantage of. From the versatile LibreOffice suite to the feature-packed OpenShot video editor, it's got it all. Zorin OS is sure to facilitate all of your everyday tasks such as web browsing, document creation, social networking, making videos, chatting with your friends and beyond, all without having to install anything. We have even split up Zorin OS into seven different versions to facilitate the requirements of various user groups with additional software. Those versions include the free Core version for general use, Lite for use on old and low-spec computers, Educational Lite for use in schools and universities and the premium Business, Multimedia, Gaming and Ultimate versions.
If the pre-installed software isn't enough for your requirements, there is no need to worry about it. Zorin OS comes with the Software Center which allows you to download and install tens of thousands of free and paid-for programs. All you have to do is open the Software Center from the start menu, find a program which you want and click Install. You can even install Windows programs on Zorin OS in a similar way with PlayOnLinux. You are also able to download installable packages (.deb and .exe) like in your current operating system.
Nearly every file that you use with your current operating system will work perfectly in Zorin OS with no need for additional setup. All your office documents, music, videos, pictures etc. will work out of the box in Zorin OS. Zorin OS also supports a large library of devices such as printers, scanners, cameras, keyboards. These devices will work as soon as you plug them in without the need for installing additional drivers.
Zorin OS gives you more flexibility. It allows you to use Zorin OS alongside your current operating system. While you install Zorin OS to your computer you have the option to keep your current operating system alongside Zorin OS and choose which one to load on start-up.
We want to make computers usable by everyone including disabled people so we have included tools in Zorin OS which make it one of the most accessible operating systems around. It includes such helpful tools as a text to speech program, Orca screen narrator, a screen magnifier for the visually impaired and a dwell click feature for pressing a mouse button automatically.
The Zorin Look Changer is an innovative program that we have created exclusively for Zorin OS. With the help of the Zorin Look Changer you can make your desktop look and act like either: Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Unity, Mac OS X or GNOME 2 for ultimate ease of use. The Windows 7, Windows XP and GNOME 2 interfaces are available in Zorin OS Core and all of them are available in the Premium versions (Zorin OS Gaming, Multimedia, Business and Ultimate). This new tool gives you more flexibility and makes it easier for you to use your desktop, no matter what operating system you're accustomed to.
The default web browser in Zorin OS is Google Chrome. For those who want to use other web browsers, we have included our exclusive program called the Zorin Web Browser Manager which makes installing and uninstalling web browsers simple and quick.
Background Plus gives you a more compelling and advanced desktop in Zorin OS. You can set a video, audio file or screensaver as your background, or you can set it to the default "Space" animated background which you can see in the video on the right. This program is available in all the Premium versions (Gaming, Multimedia, Business and Ultimate) of Zorin OS.
The Splash Screen Manager makes it easy to change, install and remove Plymouth splash screen themes in Zorin OS. This program is available in all the Premium versions (Gaming, Multimedia, Business and Ultimate) of Zorin OS.
LibreOffice is a comprehensive, power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite that comes pre-installed with Zorin OS. The LibreOffice suite includes a word processor, spreadsheet software, a presentation program and a drawing application for all your document production and data processing needs. The LibreOffice suite is compatible with Microsoft Office documents so you will be able to read, edit and create both LibreOffice and Microsoft Office documents.
Google Chrome is a web browser that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web. Its most notable features include its lightning fast start-up and page load speeds as well as its simplicity. Google Chrome is designed to keep you safer and more secure on the web with built-in malware and phishing protection. Extensions through the Chrome Web Store give you access to unlimited customizability and functionality.
Thunderbird Mail provides easy, intuitive email with the protocol support you need for your personal or corporate email needs. Thunderbird Mail is simple and quick to set up and has all the features you need. If you need any additional functionality there are tons of add-ons that you can install with one click.
Zorin OS has been built with you in mind, so staying in touch with your friends easily was a large aspect of building Zorin OS. The messaging menu lets you access your Facebook and Twitter accounts straight from the desktop. You can connect to all your favourite chat channels and make updates through a single window with Gwibber. Instant Messaging chat with Empathy is super simple. Quickly integrate your chat accounts from Facebook Chat, Yahoo, Google Talk, MSN, Jabber, AIM, QQ and many other sources and start talking. New messages appear in the messaging menu so you can respond when you want. Being connected for work or fun has never been so easy.
Rhythmbox is a media management and playback application for Zorin OS, allowing you to import audio from CDs, buy music online, search their library, create playlists, sync music to/from iPods and other media devices, listen to Internet Radio and burn music to a CD. Rhythmbox is your one-stop music hub on Zorin OS.
GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. It's one of the most powerful general-purpose image editors around and is eminently comparable to Photoshop.
OpenShot can take your videos, photos and music files and help you create the film you have always dreamed of. OpenShot has many great features, such as trimming and arranging videos, adjusting audio levels, transitions between videos, compositing multiple layers of video, chroma-key / green screen effect, and support of most formats and codecs.
Zorin OS comes with all the software you'll need, including games. The free versions of Zorin OS come with such casual games as Solitaire, Minesweeper, Sudoku, a Tetris-like game, Mahjongg and more (see left). Both Zorin OS Gaming and Ultimate come with a wide array of games ranging from fast-paced first person shooters to addicting casual games, to racing games and plenty more (see right).