|Main Screen + “Zorin OS” GnoMenu|
I’ve looked at Zorin OS before, and I liked what I saw then. That was based on Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal”, and now the new Zorin OS version 6 is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS “Precise Pangolin”, so I’m checking it out.
I haven’t paid much attention to Zorin OS until recently because when GNOME 2 was still around, it seemed easy enough to create a Microsoft Windows-lookalike. Now, with GNOME 3, though, that is much more difficult. I saw on DistroWatch a bit about Zorin OS 6 RC, and the release announcement discussed using GNOME 3 and the Avant Window Navigator (AWN) dock with Compiz to recreate the old look. That really piqued my curiosity; that’s why I’m doing this review, and because this looks like a possible candidate for long-term residence on my laptop‘s hard drive, I tried out the 64-bit version and did the more extensive round of tests.
I tried Zorin OS 6 Core 64-bit using a live USB made with MultiSystem. Follow the jump to see what it’s like.