Zorin OS 8 Review – Good, But ‘Linux Mint Cinnamon’ Is The King

‘Zorin’ is a GNU/Linux distribution that I always wanted to try but never had the chance to do so. One of the reasons why I was attracted to it was because its desktop resembled a traditional Microsoft Windows desktop (users can easily make it look like Windows 7, XP or Gnome Classic by using its own ‘Look changer’ utility) which is quite deliberately designed to look that way, and that got it somewhat highlighted in the long list of other distributions.

‘Zorin’ achieves this default look through a combination of ‘Avant Window Navigator’ (application dock), its own theme, Compiz window manager and Gnome 3 applications, mainly. It is based on Ubuntu’s core and comes with two versions -- a free and a premium version (which basically ships with more software and few more ‘Zorin’ themes), and they both include proprietary multimedia codecs by default.

They also ship a ‘Lite’ version based on LXDE desktop (not yet included in the latest release) and an educational version which are both released under the ‘free’ version, separately. The system requirements for running ‘Zorin’ is also somewhat low (1 GHz processor, 512MiB RAM …) when compared to some other distributions.

'Zorin OS 8' Desktop

For this review, I downloaded the 64-bit version of the latest release (‘8’, released in January 27, 2014), the disc image is about 1.6GB. And like always, I was most interested in its performance related details because the looks of an OS means next to nothing if it is not efficient. For the comparison I decided use Ubuntu 13.10 because it is the most popular open-source operating system & ‘Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon‘, since both Zorin and LM 15 seem to be targeting the same audience (due to the appearance of their respective desktops).

Before I begin, below is a brief information of my computer’s hardware.

Intel Core i3-2330M CPU, Intel HD 3000 GPU, 4GB RAM (DDR3), Toshiba 7200 RPM (320GB) SATA HDD, Intel N-1030 Wireless adapter, Realtek network adapter ('RTL8168'), LED display with 1366x768 resolution (60Hz/60FPS). It's a Dell Vostro V-131 notebook.

The Installer …

'Zorin OS 8' Installer in action

Other than the theme and the slightly better fonts used, ‘Zorin’ uses Ubuntu’s installer so I will not add anything more. That said, I chose the ‘Dvorak’ keyboard layout during the installation but it failed to apply it to the installed system because the first time I logged into the desktop it had been replaced by the default one (‘QWERTY’), and I had to add it again for fixing it. The installation time was slightly longer, mostly because of the hardware recognition system took its time (nothing major), other than that, it was all good.

First Boot & the Desktop …

‘Zorin OS 8’ uses GRUB and comes with a bright and a beautiful looking Bluish theme. The boot screen also looks very similar (clean & simple), I liked them both.

'Zorin OS 8' Grub Menu

'Zorin OS 8' Boot Screen

Then I was greeted with the desktop which as mentioned in the beginning looks very much like the traditional Windows desktop. The ‘AWN’ serves as the bottom panel and houses a start-menu, application launcher area, window navigator area and a system tray. Thanks to the colors used, different areas look quite distinctive as well.

'Zorin OS 8' Desktop

You can also bring to front or close a running application by simply hovering over its icon in ‘AWN’.

Closing a running application in 'AWN' - 'Zorin OS 8'

The start-menu (written by the ‘Zorin’ developers), shows applications in categories, recently used files etc and includes a search box. When you put your mouse pointer over the star-menu a tool-tip message is displayed saying ‘Zorin Menu’.  It did not go away, even when I was using the search box (unless I clicked on it) and as a result, I could hardly see what I was typing. And while displaying results for a search query there is always a slight delay, where in other distributions such as Linux Mint, displays them almost instantly. I also disliked the start-menu opening animation.

Typing issues on 'Zorin OS 8' Start-menu

When you switch between windows, the application window that you just switched into ‘shakes’ up and down (effect) which I also found to be a distraction. This can be disabled through ‘Compiz settings manager’, but if you are a Windows user who just switched to GNU/Linux then it is not something that you are going to be aware of.

The width of the scroll-bars is too small, even when compared to the one that Gnome 3 comes with. That perhaps is because I am used to the ones that ‘Unity’ comes with. Nonetheless, I think specially the touchpad users, might struggle with them. These are of course not major issues, but sometimes it is the little things that matter.

'Scroll-bars' in 'Zorin OS 8'

I liked the default theme in ‘Zorin’ and they have added a brand new, slightly darker version of the default theme with this release as well (shown below).

'Zorin OS 8' dark theme

Since this version of Zorin is based on ‘Gnome 3’ (3.8+), the desktop also features a simple right-click context menu as shown below. The wallpaper collection is also pretty decent.

Desktop context menu - 'Zorin OS 8'

Some of the default wallpapers in 'Zorin OS 8'

Included Applications …

‘Zorin’ 8 comes with LibreOffice 4.1.3.2, GIMP 2.8, Gnome Image Viewer 3.8.2, Document Viewer 3.10.0, Shotwell 0.15.0, Simple Scan 3.10.2, Google Chrome 32.0.1700.77, Thunderbird 24.2.0, Empathy 3.8.4, Ubuntu Software Center 13.10, ‘apt-get’ 0.9.9, Play On Linux 4.2.2 (a tool that lets native Windows programs to be run in GNU/Linux -- well, at least some of them), Brasero 3.8.0, Cheese 3.8.3 (web cam recorder), OpenShot 1.4.3.

‘Zorin 8’, for the first time uses ‘Music’ 2.0.4 -- the default music manager of Elementary OS.

'Music' running on 'Zorin OS 8'

For video playback you have Totem 3.8.2. And as mentioned previously, ‘Zorin’ can play all the proprietary codecs and also includes Adobe Flash player as well.

Zorin Applications …

‘Zorin’ also features few applications of its own. First we have the ‘Look Changer’ which lets you change you desktop style to ‘Windows 7’, ‘XP or ‘Gnome Classic’. Then the ‘Theme Changer’ for changing between the two built-in themes. And finally ‘Web Browser Manager’ that lets users install Firefox, Opera and Midori easily.

Zorin OS 8's own software

Performance Details …

I measured performance related details first (without ‘touching’ the OS. Except I had disabled ‘software-updater’ periodic update checking for maintaining a solid memory usage readings). I also ran each test 5 times for obtaining average readings.

Boot Speed …

Being based on Ubuntu’s core, ‘Zorin OS 8’ also uses ‘ureadhead’ (a tool that can significantly improve the boot-up times). But as you can see, even with it running, it was the slowest to boot (39% slower than LM 15 and 81% slower when compared to Ubuntu 13.10!).

Boot-up Times Graph - Zorin OS 8, LM 15, Ubuntu 13.10

Although it should not be a huge factor, it is worth mentioning that ‘Zorin’ comes with ‘preload‘ (a tool that speeds up application loading times which can affect the boot-up speeds, slightly).

Memory Usage Upon Desktop Loading …

Memory Usage Upon Desktop Loading Graph - Zorin OS 8, LM 15, Ubuntu 13.10

As shown, ‘Zorin OS 8’ used 43% more RAM when compared to LM 15 & 13% when put up against Ubuntu 13.10.

CPU Usage at Idle …

CPU usage at idle - 'Zorin OS 8'

CPU usage readings were also good in ‘Zorin’ at idle, except for the ‘gnome-system-monitor’ that kept consuming 3-4% (though I will not hold it against ‘Zorin’ as it is a fault in the Gnome-3 system monitor. I have seen it doing that in other distributions), other processes simply leave the CPU alone.

Power Usage at Idle …

I measured the power usage using ‘powerstat’. I had turned-off Bluetooth, disabled automatic screen turning-off & dimming, kept the screen at the maximum brightness, and had Wi-Fi running (connected to my Wi-Fi router). But as you can see, ‘Zorin OS 8’ was the most power hungry of the bunch. In fact, it was the most power consuming distribution that I have used so far. As for the conditions that created it, I do not have an answer.

'powerstat' running on 'Zorin OS 8'

Power Usage at Idle - 'Zorin OS 8', LM 15, Ubuntu 13.04

Note: I used the data from Ubuntu 13.04 here as I do not have power consumption details of Ubuntu 13.10.

System Responsiveness …

I ran my standard test for observing the OS’s responsiveness which involves opening multiple programs while a large file is being copied and then observing the smoothness of the mouse pointer movements. So while a 1.4GB file was being copied (within the ‘Home’ folder) I opened a video file through Totem.

Then I clicked on the start-menu and opened LibreOffice Writer, OpenShot, Terminal by searching for them. I also opened Google Chrome, Ubuntu Software Center and system monitor by navigating the menus. I also right-clicked on the desktop and opened the background changer as well.

System Responsiveness test - 'Zorin OS 8'
An illustration …

So how did it all go ?

The underlying desktop applications being Gnome-3, ‘Zorin OS 8’ did not disappoint me. Although the video playback was interrupted several times (I have had other distributions that played a multimedia file without any interruptions, such as ‘KaOS 2014‘) the OS was able to keep the overall responsiveness at a very satisfying level (excellent mouse pointer movements included!).

Hardware Recognition and ACPI …

Except for the fingerprint reader (not yet supported by Linux), all the other hardware were recognized correctly by ‘Zorin OS 8’, though just like in Ubuntu, the screen brightness gets reset to maximum upon each desktop login. Suspending does not take more than a second or a two either, nice.

Shutdown Delay …

‘Zorin’ rocked the shutdown delay test as it was the fastest to do so!. Although being based on Ubuntu 13.10, sometimes the process takes about 9-12 seconds. Again I will not hold it against ‘Zorin’ as it is clearly the Ubuntu core’s fault (it happens in Ubuntu also).

Shutdown Delay Graph - Zorin OS 8, LM 15, Ubuntu 13.10

Final Words …

Nothing is perfect, an OS that one dislikes might be loved by someone else. And I also am aware of how much a tedious task it is maintaining a distribution, so I do not want to disrespect the hard work of ‘Zorin’ developers either. However, it is quite difficult to always see the best in everything, thus from the short experience that I had while using ‘Zorin OS 8’, I will say this much.

If you are looking for a free operating system that is fast, lightweight, responsive, mobile friendly, beautiful and one that resembles a traditional Windows desktop, then ‘Linux Mint Cinnamon’ edition is your best choice.

But that is just the opinion of a single individual, derived from the short experience that he had. So, if you own a desktop computer, hope to run some MS Windows applications (because ‘Zorin’ includes ‘Play On Linux’ by default) and willing to accept some of its drawbacks, then I see no reason why you should not try ‘Zorin’ either.

24 thoughts on “Zorin OS 8 Review – Good, But ‘Linux Mint Cinnamon’ Is The King

  1. Excellent review but like you I like MINT.
    I like the look of Zorin but first thing I find is cannot connect to net , either wired or wireless.
    Cheers
    Marc

  2. I have installed, XP, Vista, Win7, Mint 15, Ubuntu13.10 & Zorin 8 (my main OS).
    Slightly disappointed with Zorin 8 as I don’t think it is as good as Zorin 7.
    Not much between Mint 15 & Zorin but I prefer Zorin.
    Ubuntu 13.10 still has too many ‘glitches’
    When I recommend an OS, I want a system that is easy to use for the Novice but is acceptable for the more experienced. Zorin does all that.

  3. https://www.hecticgeek.com/2014/02/zorin-os-8-review/

    I used Linux since 1997 but I’m an avid Windows user
    (actually since last year mostly on Android, and I’m typing this on a freshly installed Mint Cinnamon, btw)

    I’m going to say, I’m not going to recommend Linux as Desktop OS anytime soon. Last time I mass-download-and-install-and-test Linux distros is four years back. I sticked with Slackware and the dependable Slax, but as you know, neither are newbie friendly. I’m still using the portable SLAX 5 and 6 (mainly for unbootable Windows machines) from that time, until now. Ubuntu Heron at that time was so unattractive. A few days ago I read some articles about Mint, Zorin, Ubuntu et al so I decided to do the cycle again.

    I used a quite “old” Compaq CQ2035D: Atom dualcore 1.6, 2GB RAM, 80GB HDD (38GB ext4, 4GB swap, 38GB NTFS data) and a few WLAN USB dongles for testing.

    Some older G dongles worked out of the box, some G and all N dongles need ndiswrapper update on Mint. I downloaded the tarball from sourceforge and make install, but then thats nowhere as newbie friendly. While testing Zorin 8, the non-working dongles showed as working but ‘hardware switch’ cannot be toggled while in fact its not working. On Mint, it’s even disastrous. Unplugging a working (out-of-box) dongle and inserting/unplugging a non-working one caused lag (IRQ conflict in dmesg) and worst, restart/shutdown wouldn’t work, I had to force power off the PC. I have the feeling that Zorin has the feeling of a “Linux rock stable” but Mint, Windows 9x? Come on…

    About interface, Zorin has buggy notifications menu (short, long, scrollable) inconsistencies. Mint is nicer in that area. Still, on my 21″ 4:3 LCD, WinXP (with driver)/Win7,8 (out of box) have video HW acceleration on 1280×1024. Zorin got HW acceleration (Compiz works great) but max res is 1024×768. Mint is worse, no HW acceleration, 1024×768. It felt like when I was using Enlightenment/OpenStep on Redhat on 2D VGA cards back in 1999 it was better…

    Somehow, Zorin’s grub shows a blank box for a few seconds before the splash screen. Trying to edit boot command line gave that dreaded box too. Oh, I never know how Mint’s splash screen looks like because I never saw one, all I got when booting is a black screen for a minute or two, then Bam! mouse cursor. I don’t even get to the grub screen (Lilo anyone?). So not nice. And I’m not going to use a high-end Nvidia GeForce just to satisfy splashscreens (also this Atom PC don’t have PCIe slots, and notebooks too). On Windows it works. My old Mandriva also worked, Slax too (both are Slackware derivatives) but Ubuntu derivatives are somewhat problematic with on-board graphics. I tried adding vga=791 to boot parameter which I like most of the time; Zorin changed that to an ugly terminal font anyway and Mint, I don’t even have the chance…

    So my first impressions with both: I’m not impressed at all. And I don’t think any newbie will be impressed afterall.

    A lot of other things, but thats some of the fundamentals which, IMHO should be at least “fixed” and improved before Desktop Linux becomes users’ first choice instead of Windows/Mac. I would say in order of user-friendliness, newbies or not, in all OSes I’ve used, I’d say Windows>Mac>Linux>Unix. And why Windows easier than OSX? Because you can’t actually avoid forever from doing “something” in terminal on OSX, be it installing some obscure drivers/app/script or something else, something that frightens an Average Joe. On Windows, the chance of having to open command prompt window is very slim, if not none at all.

    What I mean is: apt-get, ndiswrapper, fstab, syslog, dmesg, and other mandatory terminal commands and the cryptic outputs. Just to get some things to work, right after installation is finished. Duh.

    And Mint is also “cheating” by bundling old releases (Firefox 12.0! when was that?) so that the distro image kept the small size, compared to Zorin’s Chrome 33. So using Zorin, I have to do a 68MB “mandatory” update. While offline (right after installation), Mint have a “168MB update” and many MBs more from the repo when goes online since almost half of everyhing is outdated! What if I don’t have the luxury of broadband? Distros should make at least the latest packages are bundled into the latest distribution images for offline installation.

    Also, the “glitchy” and “buggy” UIs (at least after four years, Gnome “about” box cannot be resized anymore :P, I’ll test KDE later on Ubuntu). In term of responsiveness, it seems that almost all UNIX Graphical Desktop share the same unresponsiveness (except a few, notably Xfce) and that includes MacOSX too! In Windows world, since Windows 2000, it a thing of the past. That was 15 years ago. In Linux world, it’s still there, today.

    Linux community should work better to unify apps. Having VLC, Totem, Video etc all bundled just to open an .MP4 file is not a choice but a confusion. Native KDE/Gnome apps are even more. iwconfig or wpa-supplicant? What if I like an applet from KDE but I like to use Gnome? It’s a mess, really. Too much fork, too much distro. Too much choices with so little differences. Too much ego, perhaps? In late Steve Job’s word: Too fragmented. It’s been tweens of years and it still are (and worsened). What a disappointment.

    In Windows world, all the junk, unnecessary apps can be downloaded from download.com by the (l)users but in Linux world, all the junks are bundled in some distro and some other junks in others. I’m saying, make a universal app for a dedicated task. Some already do but mostly are command-line tools. GUI packages are still a shipwreck. And for God’s sake, why don’t just kill all the different Desktop Environments and all those newly out-of-job developers unify to make only one very good DE, but can be customized to whatever the user wants it to look like?

    So my productivity will stay on Windows. Forget Mint. Forget Zorin. Forget Ubuntu. Maybe Slackware for command-line-only, still. For now. Funny thing, I did almost everything Android related (that can’t be done from Android Terminal Emulator or requires a PC) on Windows boxes (XP/7/8): backup/restore, firmware flashing, customizations, adb, cloning, etc. Windows will still be dependable on the desktop for a long time to come. But I still hope that Desktop Linux will too, one day. And if so, while Mark Shuttleworth is still around. He’s a great guy. I guess if he never poured his fortune, Desktop Linux is long gone, servers aside (read: Red Hat).

    • Thanks for the great input Kurt.

      I too agree with you on Windows been an excellent OS under stress. If you haven’t heard, there is an I/O scheduler called ‘BFQ’ that once installed delivers great responsiveness under GNU/Linux (pretty much like under Windows!). As for using GNU/Linux as a desktop computer, well, I think it pretty much depend on what kind of hardware that you use, and the user based applications that one frequently uses.

  4. Have been using Zorin 7 Core. Love the system…overall, far superior to Windows. (I have Vista on my Dell…never bothered to upgrade as I started using Linux. (Started with Ubuntu 10.04(?)) Do not care much for Unity, so started looking for alternatives. Tried Pinguy, Australis Mate, and a couple others. Zorin wins hands down. I run a dual boot w/vista as, frankly, (I am no expert, btw) I think the handling and editing of videos is (speaking on general terms) better in Windows than in Linux. The availability and ease of use of the Windows software makes it much easier and frankly quicker. Yes…Linux has some good programs, but overall, for what I like to do, Windows wins. Even Avidemux runs faster and with fewer problems than in Linux OS’s. Calibre is another program that works better in Windows (books…not videos)
    All that said, I have become a Linux…specifically Ubuntu fan. And I am curious, so am now looking at Mint 14. (Running Live CD for typing this). Comparing Mint to Zorin, while I basically like the look and feel of Mint…and frankly cannot think of a good reason why I should not install it, Zorin still wins. Guess there is something to say for old habits.

  5. Just wanted to thank you for the comprehensive review.

    Linux desktops for “ordinary” users have always been a hit or miss proposition for me. As I was able to purchase recycled computer cases complete with XP Pro COAs this was never an issue. This allowed us to upgrade units with XP home and downgrade Vista & Win7 lite PCs as well as provide an OS for white boxes. Until now, that is. We operate several domains over WAN and provide VPN access. If it couldn’t join a domain, it got a Win XP pro up/down/side-grade. All servers are Linux.

    All of our developers enjoy Linux (Debian for now) running XP in VM. We’re agnostic about desktops and install them all. xfce seems to be the default choice. XP is no longer an option. It’s spelled “wine” not “whine.”

    So what to do with the other 25-30 XP desktops/laptops? Several years ago I began the transition to what is now Office365.

    Thoughts on BYOD:
    I thought this might be an opportunity to off-load support onto the user while “bonussing” staff up with an annual computer allowance. This was my first hope for dealing with the demise of XP.
    I did a small non-funded pilot project.
    Disaster!
    “My computer isn’t working today after my husband upgraded it last night.” “I can’t connect to the internet.” “My VPN connection is super slow.” “Can you get my iTunes account to work?” “I can’t find my presentation!”
    Mac users seemed to need the most help probably because most never run more than Safari and iTunes.
    User support requirements exploded. Buying ALL new hardware would have been cheaper. (not an option.)
    That was without addressing any security concerns.
    Super-bad idea.
    I have considered Chromebooks as an eventual upgrade path as I note so have many other medium to large orgs. (We’re an SMB…)

    So where are we?
    I set up a couple of meeting rooms with a variety of systems and let everybody play with Zorin OS, native Ubuntu, Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Win7, Win8 touch, Mint, Elementary OS and a couple Chrome OS (desktop and book) devices.
    Everybody expected me to migrate them to the Windows 7 so they supported that option but were holding out for Win8 Touch. When both those options were removed from the discussion:
    – EVERYBODY was worried about losing access to facebook. (We log/report internet usage but don’t block sites.)
    – Nobody had anything nice to say about Ubuntu. NOBODY
    – Everybody loved the Win8 hardware / software the most. I have not yet met anybody (except my “geeks”) who does not like Win8. Take that for what it’s worth.
    – Macfans thought Elementary was a cheap rip off. Nobody thought very much about it.
    – A few people thought Lubuntu was “okay” but it would not be their first pick.
    – People were mostly confused by the KDE desktop. I never considered this as an option anyway.
    – Desktop users liked Zorin, while notebook users liked Mint. I have no idea what that means!
    – Reaction to Chromebooks and desktops was mixed. (notebook users like/desktop users don’t like)
    We’re going to support both Zorin and Mint (multi-boot) for now. This might be a mistake as it seems to be an almost equal number of users in both camps.
    Windows 7 users were “upgraded” to Linux, for now.
    At work I boot into Mint when people are watching and Windows7 when they’re not. I use Windows 8.1 Touch everywhere else: Surface and ultrabook. )
    Support for both Zorin and Mint (after a 5 week period of “adjustment”) are still higher than for XP, although “consultants” have stated it will be lower. I am going to pull the BS lever on that claim. Right now the cost to migrate to Windows non-touch (if equal to XP) would be a good deal cheaper than continuing to support Linux in house. If we are again content to run Win7 in extended support (2020!) as we did for XP than a migration down that road is inevitable. We’ll walk the Linux path to the end of 2014 but evaluate again sometime in the fall. It is unlikely that we would go all-touch overnight. Current hardware purchases are still generally non-touch.
    Interestingly, nobody (except me, it seems) has any continuing issues with Libre Office. I am now one of only 4 users with an installed MS Office Suite. (I consider myself to be an expert user of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.)
    We are “officially” down to only 3 Windows machines now. My exec assistant plus one guest loaner and the other locked up in the accounting office.
    Wine has (so far) proven to be adequate but is universally disliked especially as IT likes to show off Windows inside a virtual machine (VM). Our smartboards use proprietary Win software but nobody has used a smartboard here for years; an excuse to get rid of them now while they still have some residual value.
    Printer/fax/copy/scan controls are all web apps.
    All my iTuners usually bring their iPads or iPhones to work. We have installed iTunes when requested.
    Our accounting software will not install in Wine. We no longer run any CAD/CAM applications.

    • You’re welcome Robert. I respect your decision to use GNU/Linux on a professional environment as it requires a lot of courage :).

  6. I’ve recently been trying a few Linux distros (first time ever) with a view to replace XP on my two old (but still quite fast) tower PCs. Pentium 4, 3GHz, 4Gb RAM and lots of disk space. Decent enough AGP nVidia (256Mb) card. Very few of the distros will even run off the DVD or USB; they just hang during boot, or freeze during some routine exploration of the desktop settings. They run OK on my new(ish) VAIO laptop, so its clearly a hardware/driver issue. Both XP and Vista run perfectly – and quick! Since many XP refugees will be similarly wanting to revive older machines (and most will not be as tech-savvy as me), may I venture to suggest that this is NOT the way to win them over to Linux. Linux is routinely promoted as much lighter and faster than Windows, and better suited to older machines – yet no reviewer tests them on one. I will probably stick to Vista for now, or buy Win7 second-hand; I’m sure it will run just fine. Win8 is a no-no as my old CPUs lack the DEP feature.

  7. hey i am using zorin 8 as my daily rutine os and it is quite good then win 8.
    it require some optimization but still good.
    i like the most is theme functionality provided in it.

  8. I would like to add my 2 cents into this topic. I’m in no way any computer expert, in fact most of the stuff you went over in your review means very little to me.
    I push the on button and it things turn on its all good. But years back that didnt happin on my window 7 computer. I put it in the shop and had it fixed, but needed to reload my window 7 OS. Well I couldnt because I had used my install disk already and Micrsoft would not let me use it agine. Well I was not going to buy it agine since I had already paid for the window 7 home edition.
    Thats when I got into Ubuntu, I have used it for years and and writing this on Ubuntu 1404. The only reason that I would go back to a window OS would be to play games,( and I do miss world of warcraft). With all the differant dist. of Linux the biggest thing I can see is that the desktop changes, but the programs are all the same, so once you get used to Ubuntu, you might as well stay with it.
    It’s upsetting to me that the big game companies will not work with Linux and make there games to play out of the box so to speak on Linux. The only thing I find bad about use Ubuntu is the fact that just because the programe is in the software center does not mean it will work. It get’s very frustrating to download a program and it not work, like a webcam. If all those people make the dis. out of the Ubuntu core would just get together and one system and then go thrught the software center and get throw out all those programs that do not work like they should, I think that Linux would be the best OS out there.
    I have used wine and play on Linux for games and yes they work to a point, but not like they would if the gamer developers and the video card makers would get on board and start making there stuff work on the Linux OS. And out of all the streaming websites out there Netflix is the only one that will not work on Ubuntu (I hope they go bankrupt).
    So the real problem is not to which one of the Linux dist. is better (there all pretty much the same) but the almost total control over the programers and video cards makers by Microsoft.
    I would like to see this monopoly by Microsoft broken and the only way that will happinis if all the people working on all the differant verations of Linux would get to gether and come up with one to rule them all. As Linux ends up in more and more homes the programer and video card makers will be forced to convert and stop holding out to make you buy from Microsoft in order to use there stuff.

    • Thank you for your input Quintin. I would agree with you that what one would miss most when using GNU/Linux is gaming, because there are applications to do pretty much the rest (Office suits, Graphic design … etc). Hopefully it’ll change in the future.

  9. I really hate to have to say the things I am about to say. I’ve been a Linux Evangelist for about 10 years and I work in Computer Refurbishing. I’ve watched Linux make huge strides in ease of install, and Hardware Recognition, and in making the new user’s experience as close as possible in a transition from OSX or MS to the Linux Way of doing things. Yet in my world of retailing these refurbished machines, the addition of a Linux OS has been Value Subtractive. By this I mean, that given a White Box or a Linux Installed Box, the buyer will near always select the White Box, even if both are the same Spec at the same price. I personally, and technically, do not understand the why of this. But I’ve done the experiment several times. Each time I have had this faith that Users will see the value in a free and open OS. And each time, I’ve ultimately been told by management to stop installing Linux, because the buyers don’t want it on the machine, even if its just a demo to show that the machine works.

    There are the 2% of people that walk in and see a Linux machine and get very excited that we are doing that: It really is only about 2%.

    I don’t know the reason why a buyer would prefer a POST ONLY over a Linux install. But that is the case and that is the thing I’ve tried to do over and over again, with many different distros, with the same result with buyers preferring a white box over a full installed Linux machine.

  10. Ive been using computers since i was 6 years old, im 22 now. I started with Windows 95 and so on until windows xp. After that i was always amazed by Linux cause since my first computer i always liked to touch everything lol, i like to have complete control over my system and so i tried my first copies of linux starting with Mandrake, since i was never afraid of doing rare stuff like command line or whatever i got used to it pretty fast and i was amazed how a computer of just 240 Mb RAM was so fast having linux, well since then ive been using mandrake, and then went to mandriva 2007 open, from there tried PCLINUXOS, after that obviously i tried ubuntu 8 and kept there learning all usefull commands used there as aptitude get, etc… I kept with ubuntu until the weird Natty desktop, of course changing distros at same time i was changin hardware every 3 years, well natty strongly dissapointed me, so i went back to KDE that made a strong improvement, but i wanted some fresh air so i tried opensuse, the hardware recognition was very bad, had serious problems with my wifi driver, so i tried fedora gnome and kde, performance is pretty good and their repertory of apps is pretty huge, from there installed windows 7 just for games, and tried windows 8 and even wndows 10 preview, ok lets be honest the performance is ok ON GOOD COMPUTERS, but for me a good OS should be ok with computers of at least 1 GB already, and that you can only get with linux that offer several desktop enviroments as XFCE that can be very nice if you know how to tune the themes, etc, i even managed to give a netbook that i have same look as zorin do, its not hard at all, well now im waiting to build a new laptop when i got time, probably in a month or so, and my last pc of 8GB RAM, 1Tb Nvdia stayed in spain while i moved to Manchester, thats what i hate of non laptops, so hard for people that move a lot, so i just gave it to my brother, well until i build my new laptop im using a Sony Vaio Mini, 100G hard disk and 1GB ram INTEL CENTRINO 1GHz duo and a bloo dy asus 1GB RAM, 300 GB hard disk, bloo dy why, well cause its an atom, that mean the problematic GMA3600 driver, i installed the fantastique Archlinux on it with non problems, if you know the basic commands you will have no problems and even if you newbie they are several good guides that show you how to install, what you get in exange a wonderfull stable Linux OS, on the Sony i gona install KDE and on the Asus i installed XFCE , the driver modded provided by Archlinux community work fine for GMA3600, i gave a nice Zorin OS look to my XFCE with the help of Avant Windows Manager, i dont recomend gnome for pcs with less than 2Gb RAM, well both laptops fly, super fast and super stable, boot time is about 5 seconds, in just 15 seconds i can be running browser, music, copy files and even running a windows program from virtual box, its nice that with Linux you can give life, good performance and stability to olders computers, at least with this i can work, and wait without problems until i get my new laptop that will for sure have an Archlinux installed haha.

    The people that dont want windows are most of all cause non habit with windows, they dont know the real potential of a linux distro, we all know that most of people dont even buy for windows or their programs, so i will not say go to linux cause its free, but give it a try if you want stability, every second you lose in windows to open a program or do something you win it in LInux, and guys like Linux mint Cinnamon or ZorinOs give you an easy way to introduce you to linux.

    Best Regards from UK, by the way nice post
    Lou Stap
    If you have Ubuntu you know how to use ubuntu, if you have Archlinux you know how to use Linux…

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