Zorin OS

Zorin OS is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution designed especially for newcomers to Linux. It has a Windows-like graphical user interface and many programs similar to those found in Windows. Zorin OS also comes with an application that lets users run many Windows programs. The distribution’s ultimate goal is to provide a Linux alternative to Windows and let Windows users enjoy all the features of Linux without complications. With a Windows-like GUI (Graphical User Interface). This makes it easier for users to switch over to Linux. Because Zorin OS is based on Ubuntu, help is easy to find which makes it a well supported Linux distribution. Zorin OS is licensed by GNU GPL v3 which means that users are free to run, copy, distribute, study, change, develop and improve the software it is also free just like most Linux distributions.

Zorin OS was first announced by Zorin Soft in September 2008, this is also when development started. The plans were to create a distribution for Windows users who were having a tough time switching over to Linux. Plans were to release Zorin OS on the 1st of January 2009 but the release was delayed due to technical difficulties. The first and stable version of Zorin OS was released on the 1st of July 2009. Zorin OS is now being used in Kenya and other African countries for educational purposes. This program was set up by Camara, an Irish charity that ships used computers to Africa to educate children there.


  • OS Type: Linux
  • Based on: Debian, Ubuntu
  • Origin: Ireland
  • Architecture: i386, x86_64
  • Desktop: GNOME, LXDE

System requirements:

  • 1 GHz x86 processor
  • 10 GB of Hard Drive space
  • 512 MB of system memory
  • Graphics card capable of 640×480 resolution