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 new 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 editions 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 different versions to facilitate the requirements of every kind of user with additional software. Those editions include the free Core edition for general use, Lite for use on old and low-spec computers, Educational for use in schools and universities, Business for corporate use and Ultimate which packs the best software Linux has to offer.
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. You can even use Windows programs and games inside Zorin OS thanks to the included WINE and PlayOnLinux software.
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 Reader, 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 editions. 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 Firefox. 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 by letting you set a video 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 the Premium editions of Zorin OS.
In addition to the beautiful Light desktop theme, you can also use the gorgeous Dark and Blue themes in Zorin OS. We have created a simple app called the Zorin Theme Changer to switch between them quickly and easily.
The Splash Screen Manager makes it easy to change, install and remove Plymouth splash screen themes in Zorin OS. This program is available in the Premium editions 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.
Firefox delivers safe and easy web browsing with a familiar user interface, thousands of plugins, and integrated search that lets you get the most out of the web. Firefox was built with your safety and privacy in mind so you'll never need to feel in danger when browsing the web. It's been crowned the "speed king" by an independent benchbark against other browsers. You can also extend your browsing experience by installing the thousands of add-ons from the community.
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.
Rhythmbox is a media management and playback application for Zorin OS, allowing you to import audio from CDs, stream music online, search your library, create playlists, sync music to/from iPods and other media devices 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). Zorin OS Ultimate comes 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).