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TechnoMage

Active Member
Power User
Yup, I'm in the correct forum, because I'm running Windows 8.1 and loving it.

But, keeping with my hobby of experimenting with other (new) OS's, today I downloaded a copy of "Zorin" .
I have it installed and running on a little 1TB laptop drive.

So my question is: Has anyone else tried "Zorin"? If so, what do you think of it?

TM :cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
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    PC/Desktop
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    Home Made
    CPU
    AMD 8 Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, Ultra Durable, GA-970A-DSP3
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    Crucial, 8GB
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    AMD Radeon HD 5450 (2 GB)
    Sound Card
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    24" LG
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    Sandisk, SSD 120GB, 8TB Seagate backup drive
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    Antec Earthwatts, 650
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    Pac-Man Case
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    HP Professional
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    GearHead Wireless
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    Firefox
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    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

juvat

New Member
I purchased Zorin OS 9 Ultimate 64 bit years ago; 2014, €9.99 EUR. I liked it a lot. My intention was to ditch windows. But, I instead stuck with windows8.1 64bit. I liked that ZorinOS, just was to lazy to completely ditch what I 'knew'. Plenty of positive review videos praising ZorinOS over at 00t00b.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win8.1 Pro x64 w/ Media Center ; dual-boot win10Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    home build
    CPU
    AMD R9-3900x
    Motherboard
    MSI Prestige X570 Creation
    Memory
    32 gb Corsair Vengeance LPX ddr4-3200 CMK16GX4M2Z320 (8gb 'sticks' x 4)
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    NVidia RTX 2070 Super Founders Edition
    Sound Card
    Creative SB X-Fi Titanium HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 24UD58
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160 x32bit
    Hard Drives
    Drive
    Drive #1 - WDC WD2003FZEX-00SRLA0 (1863 GB)
    Drive #2 - WDC WD2003FZEX-00SRLA0 (1863 GB)
    Drive #3 - WDC WD1003FZEX-00MK2A0 (931 GB)
    Drive #4 - WDC WD10EZEX-00BN5A0 (931 GB)
    Drive #5 - WDS500G2B0A sata2.5" ssd
    Drive #6 - WDS100G2B0A sata2.5" ssd
    PSU
    EVGA 220-GS-0850-V1 80 PLUS GOLD 850 W
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    Enlite250 mid tower
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    cpu cooler: Noctua NH-U12A
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    Logitech G710+
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    Logitech G602
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    FF v30 ; FF portable v47 ; FF portable v91.0
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    NIS v19.9.1.14
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    DVD R/W LG usb
    WD Mybook 500gig usb hd
    WD Mybook 1tb usb hd

TechnoMage

Active Member
Power User
The version I got was called "Zorin OS 16 Pro". It's a far departure from Windows 8.1, which I'm running. But it did come with Firefox and a few other programs that actually make it usable.
I ran it for a day, before reverting back to Windows 8.1. I have the two OS's on separate HD's, so "Never the trains shall meet".
So when I'm bored, and have nothing better to do, I can always plug in the Zorin drive and play with that some more.

:cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made
    CPU
    AMD 8 Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, Ultra Durable, GA-970A-DSP3
    Memory
    Crucial, 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5450 (2 GB)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" LG
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 120GB, 8TB Seagate backup drive
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts, 650
    Case
    Pac-Man Case
    Keyboard
    HP Professional
    Mouse
    GearHead Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

juvat

New Member
The version I got was called "Zorin OS 16 Pro". It's a far departure from Windows 8.1, which I'm running. But it did come with Firefox and a few other programs that actually make it usable.
I ran it for a day, before reverting back to Windows 8.1. I have the two OS's on separate HD's, so "Never the trains shall meet".
So when I'm bored, and have nothing better to do, I can always plug in the Zorin drive and play with that some more.

:cool:
Heh, that is how I 'use' windows10. On its own sata ssd, I'll boot to Windows10 to allow it to update. I rummage around with it for a bit for maybe an hour, then boot back to good-ole win8.1.
I tell myself one day I'll re-install zorin for a 'tri-boot'. Just liking win8.1 alot in combo with classic shell. At the moment I have zorin in vmplayer.
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Win8.1 Pro x64 w/ Media Center ; dual-boot win10Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    home build
    CPU
    AMD R9-3900x
    Motherboard
    MSI Prestige X570 Creation
    Memory
    32 gb Corsair Vengeance LPX ddr4-3200 CMK16GX4M2Z320 (8gb 'sticks' x 4)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia RTX 2070 Super Founders Edition
    Sound Card
    Creative SB X-Fi Titanium HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 24UD58
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160 x32bit
    Hard Drives
    Drive
    Drive #1 - WDC WD2003FZEX-00SRLA0 (1863 GB)
    Drive #2 - WDC WD2003FZEX-00SRLA0 (1863 GB)
    Drive #3 - WDC WD1003FZEX-00MK2A0 (931 GB)
    Drive #4 - WDC WD10EZEX-00BN5A0 (931 GB)
    Drive #5 - WDS500G2B0A sata2.5" ssd
    Drive #6 - WDS100G2B0A sata2.5" ssd
    PSU
    EVGA 220-GS-0850-V1 80 PLUS GOLD 850 W
    Case
    Enlite250 mid tower
    Cooling
    cpu cooler: Noctua NH-U12A
    Keyboard
    Logitech G710+
    Mouse
    Logitech G602
    Browser
    FF v30 ; FF portable v47 ; FF portable v91.0
    Antivirus
    NIS v19.9.1.14
    Other Info
    DVD R/W LG usb
    WD Mybook 500gig usb hd
    WD Mybook 1tb usb hd

MGhee

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I haven't tried Zorin but I'm sure up front it looks good like many Linux distros. What I have disliked about Linux and it appears (to me) not much has changed, is Linux still has little full featured support for much of the hardware out there, kinda like the default Windows drivers leave much to be desired.

I was really wanting to jump over to Mint or something similiar but beyond the OS itself (which I like, and enjoy noodling with), it felt like something was missing, it was there are few (good, IMO) Linux alternatives for the many and varied little apps I enjoy. I drudged through the Alternative-To site but rarely found anything.

Unless companies start providing Linux & Windows drivers as the norm I don't see Linux becoming dominant for the desktop, and will stay relegated to a more behind the scenes role... and MS will continue to take a bit more of our freedom with each OS release.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 x64
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    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo G50-45
    CPU
    AMD A6-6310
    Memory
    12GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" Laptop Display, 32" Samsung HDTV
    Internet Speed
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TechnoMage

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So many people in the world rely on software that was written specifically for the Windows PC. And it just won't run on anything else.
:cool:
 

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  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made
    CPU
    AMD 8 Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, Ultra Durable, GA-970A-DSP3
    Memory
    Crucial, 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5450 (2 GB)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" LG
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 120GB, 8TB Seagate backup drive
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts, 650
    Case
    Pac-Man Case
    Keyboard
    HP Professional
    Mouse
    GearHead Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
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    Firefox
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    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

MGhee

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I heard of what I guess was/is LinuxFX or WindowsFX and as expected it really isn't a replacement for Windows either. I hate Wine, just seems clunky and unreliable, which is the way this release claims you can run Windows .exe and .msi files - with little success, atleast the videos I watched as the creator of the video attempted to install very basic windows apps - with various errors - ultimately a failed install, and some success.

I would abandon Windows for Linux in a heartbeat if I knew I could build any system I wanted, and my hardware would function fully without limitation, I'm not confident I could. I would also have to find alternatives to some of my apps, with some of the Linux tools being terminal apps, OK but kinda ugly IMO.

I'm not going to give up just yet on Linux - fingers crossed.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo G50-45
    CPU
    AMD A6-6310
    Memory
    12GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" Laptop Display, 32" Samsung HDTV
    Internet Speed
    SLOW (4 Mbps)
I would abandon Windows for Linux in a heartbeat if I knew I could build any system I wanted, and my hardware would function fully without limitation, I'm not confident I could. I would also have to find alternatives to some of my apps, with some of the Linux tools being terminal apps, OK but kinda ugly IMO.

I'm not going to give up just yet on Linux - fingers crossed.

My sentiments precisely. In fact I'm replying to this post on a Linux o/s even as I type. I have other programs that I know I can't use on Linux and it gets annoying some times but I'm finding more and more that I'm going back to Linux when I don't need to use Windoze software. Some of my hardware actually runs better on Linux and I feel obliged to say that Linux has come a long way. I refuse to run Windows 10 on my work station. It's either Win 7, 8.1, or Linux. A triple boot can come in mighty handy at times. Isn't that what work stations are for?
 

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    Windows 8.1, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 10, Linux Mint and more
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    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD 3800X, Intel 6900K
    Motherboard
    X99 E-WS USB 3.1, CROSSHAIR HERO VIII
    Memory
    128 GB CORSAIR DOMINATOR, 32 GB TEAM GROUP T FORCE
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA 1070, SAPPHIRE RX 590 NITRO+
    Sound Card
    ONBOARD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    SAMSUNG 32"
    Screen Resolution
    4K
    Hard Drives
    :::GRINS::: SERIOUSLY?
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    CORSAIR 1000 W PLATINUM
    Case
    THERMAL TAKE / AZZA
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    NOCTUA / CM
    Keyboard
    LOGITECH PRODIGY
    Mouse
    LOGITECH
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    1 GBs
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    FIREFOX
    Antivirus
    KASPERSKY
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    PC builder. Own a dozen PCs / built hundreds. All of us have a lot to learn. Some of us stand to learn more than others and those who think they know the most generally know the least. I'm here to learn and pass on what little I know.

TechnoMage

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My NEEDS far exceed my curiosity. I need to run Windows, I need to stay up to date on Windows. Not Linux or any of its look-a-likes.
Because I run many programs that will run ONLY on Windows, and my several hundred customers also ONLY run Windows. So there is really NO place in my life for anything else.

That's not to say, that as a computer hobbiest, I've not installed and looked at many versions of Linux, Zorin being the latest and the most friendly for me to use. I have.
But I still can't find anyplace in my daily life for anything but some version of Windows. Currently running Windows 8.1.

Cheers Mates,
TM :cool:
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made
    CPU
    AMD 8 Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, Ultra Durable, GA-970A-DSP3
    Memory
    Crucial, 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5450 (2 GB)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" LG
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 120GB, 8TB Seagate backup drive
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts, 650
    Case
    Pac-Man Case
    Keyboard
    HP Professional
    Mouse
    GearHead Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64
The reason I use Linux is because my needs exceed what Windows can offer. Alas, my needs also exceed what Linux can offer. Solution: Use both. Because I'm also a hobbyist and because I also need to stay abreast of what's coming down the line I also use Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Linux. I still use Windows 7 Ultimate which, in my opinion, is the last real operating system Microsoft ever developed. Admittedly, I've never used Zorin and probably never will. I did play around with Qubes for a while but got bored of it because I couldn't get online with it. Nice concept though. I'm currently typing this on Windows 8.1. Yup. I get around ;)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 10, Linux Mint and more
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD 3800X, Intel 6900K
    Motherboard
    X99 E-WS USB 3.1, CROSSHAIR HERO VIII
    Memory
    128 GB CORSAIR DOMINATOR, 32 GB TEAM GROUP T FORCE
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA 1070, SAPPHIRE RX 590 NITRO+
    Sound Card
    ONBOARD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    SAMSUNG 32"
    Screen Resolution
    4K
    Hard Drives
    :::GRINS::: SERIOUSLY?
    PSU
    CORSAIR 1000 W PLATINUM
    Case
    THERMAL TAKE / AZZA
    Cooling
    NOCTUA / CM
    Keyboard
    LOGITECH PRODIGY
    Mouse
    LOGITECH
    Internet Speed
    1 GBs
    Browser
    FIREFOX
    Antivirus
    KASPERSKY
    Other Info
    PC builder. Own a dozen PCs / built hundreds. All of us have a lot to learn. Some of us stand to learn more than others and those who think they know the most generally know the least. I'm here to learn and pass on what little I know.

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