Zorin-icon Zorin OS
Zorin OS 12.1
July 1, 2009 (edit)
Version: 12.4 (edit)
Release Date: August 13, 2018 (edit)
Next Release: Unknown (edit)
Platform(s): Linux, (X86, PPC, ISO) (edit)
Packaging: DEB (edit)
  • Zorin Desktop - >=6.0
  • GNOME 2 - <=5.2 (edit)
Derivative of: Ubuntu (edit)
Home Page: (edit)

Zorin OS is a multi-functional operating system designed specifically for Windows users who want to have easy and smooth access to Linux. It is based on Ubuntu, and uses a customized version of Gnome and the Avant Window Navigator which they call the 'Zorin Desktop'.


Zorin OS 1.0 was released July 1, 2009, and was based on Ubuntu 9.04.

The most recent release, Zorin OS 12, was released on November, 2016 and is based on Ubuntu 16.04.

Zorin OS 2

Zorin OS 2.0

Version Release Date
1.0 July 1, 2009
Limited Edition '09 December 7, 2009
2.0 January 1, 2010
3.0 June 10, 2010
4.0 December 22, 2010
5.0 June 6, 2011
6.0 December 31, 2012
7.0 October 16, 2013
8.0 February 21, 2014
9.0 July 15, 2014
10.0 August 1, 2015
11.0 February 3, 2016
12 November, 2016



The Zorin Look Changer

Zorin OS has some distinctive features that set it apart from other Linux distributions. The most renowned one is the purposeful attempt to provide a Windows 7-like experience by default, although through the use of the Zorin Look Changer, users can choose to have a Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, OS X, and Gnome 2. OS X, Windows 2000, and Gnome 2 are only available in the Ultimate edition of Zorin OS, which is approximately $12.

Zorin uses the Avant Window Navigator (AWN) on top of a Gnome 3 base. The Zorin Menu is a plugin for AWN, and changes depending on the layout selected.


Web Browser Manager

Another home-built feature is the web browser manager. This small application allows users to install or remove any of four popular web browsers at the click of a button.

With a 1.4GB ISO, Zorin offers nearly every piece of software a user could want for, including not only the basics (LibreOffice, Firefox, etc.) but also more advanced software like GIMP, OpenShot Video editor, VLC Media Player, and Wine. Users also have access to the Ubuntu Software Center.

Zorin OS comes pre-installed with many media codecs, as well as Flash Player, to help users avoid having to install these themselves, a task which is a major roadblock for new Linux users.

External Links

Zorin Website

Zorin OS 1.0 downloads if you're all that interested