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Zorin OS 16.1 Core and Super GRUB2 Disk

Zorin OS 16.1 Core


Based in Ireland, Zorin OS is a commercial Ubuntu derivative founded by two brothers, Artyom and Kyrill Zorin. In its 13 years of existence, Zorin OS has gained admirers for its minimalist aesthetics. It compares favorably to distros such as Deepin and elementary OS. In particular, Zorin OS is noted for the Zorin Appearance app, a collection of skins that imitate the appearance of other operating systems and distributions.

This month's DVD incudes Zorin OS 16.1 Core, a free download version of the distribution. Its version of Zorin Appearance includes skins for Windows, Windows List, the mobile-device-like Touch, and Gnome Shell, as well as the default modified Xfce desktop. Zorin Appearance aims to ease the transition to Linux by providing a familiar-looking desktop. This intent is popular enough for Zorin to place consistently in the top 10 distributions for page views on DistroWatch.

If you like Zorin OS, you might consider Zorin Lite, another free download for older computers. Alternatively, you might want to consider paying for Zorin Pro, whose Zorin Appearance also includes macOS, Windows 11, Windows Classic, and Ubuntu (meaning Unity). In any version, Zorin makes life simpler for new Linux users and will be appreciated by those who prefer a beautiful and well-designed desktop.

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