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Aashish Panthi
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Zorin - The best OS for students

The best Linux distribution for students is Zorin. I know this is a bold statement but I've come to this conclusion after using it. Let me tell you why I'm saying such.

What is Zorin OS

Zorin OS is a ubuntu-based Linux distribution. According to the official website of Zorin, "It is the alternative to Windows and macOS designed to make your computer faster, more powerful, secure, and privacy-respecting."

Are these all claims worth saying?

I have divided it into different categories and here they are:

Looks (UI):

Zorin OS desktop look

Talking about the user interface, Zorin is gorgeous. Just look at the desktop, it is clean and so superior. When you use it, you get quite the same experience as Windows 7 but better. If you are a windows user then you will be pretty familiar with this OS in a day.

File manager of Zorin OS

It has a really polished file manager to organize your school or work projects. It makes us easy to organize the files in just a right way.

Zorin appereances

Customization has been a great part of Linux distributions. But Zorin takes it to next level with excellent customization options. Using Zorin appearance, you can change the layout, themes, fonts, panels and you name it. Zorin OS absolutely kills it in the looks department.

Hardware requirements:

Zorin os system requirements

Zorin OS is not that resource-hungry when you compare it with pop os or other similar operating systems. Actually, they've especially designed a light version for the old computers and they claim, it can be run on any devices that were manufactured in the past 15 years. This is a huge claim but I've personally tested the lite version on my old PC. After installing Zorin lite, it works fine for me. You can run the lite version on a PC with 1GB RAM.

Education edition:

Zorin education

Zorin team has created Zorin OS Education with a huge library of educational apps and games. Zorin OS Education includes powerful and engaging tools that help you to teach coding and engineering. And if you are a student, you have a huge advantage over thousands of apps specially designed for students. They have very engaging software that helps you to learn anything quite faster and effectively.

Huge app resources

Zorin Software store

Zorin OS has thousands of apps in its app store. Unlike the Microsoft store, you don't need to download software from untrusted sites, double click and install. Nearly all software is available in the software store of Zorin. There is huge complexity that has been hidden inside the clean and polished UI of the software store. Zorin uses software from three different software providers but keeps them in one place so you don't need to worry about anything.

It's free

Zorin is free

Yes, the pro edition costs $39 but it's for the support you'll get from the Zorin team. But there are other editions, core, education, and lite that costs nothing. As a student, you may need to use PowerPoint, word, excel, and a bunch of other software which cost a lot. Well, you find many alternatives like libre office, OpenOffice which are completely free. And of course, there is a major one google docs which is like a gem.

Other features

With Zorin, you get Zorin connect which helps you to connect with your mobile phone easily and securely and get all of your notifications right into your desktop. And you have the advantage of controlling your computer remotely with your phone. With Zorin 16, you can run windows files with .exe and .msi extension directly on your computer. Yes, it is possible to run Windows apps in Linux with wine but the process is very frustrating. But Zorin handles it so perfectly that Linux newcomers don't need to get overwhelmed with the complicated process.

There are a lot of other gorgeous and powerful Linux distros. But if you are a student, you may now know why to choose Zorin. The last message I want to give you is TRY ZORIN ONCE.

Discussion (8)

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Casper

While your claims may be true, it's far from making Zorin unique. The desktop environment can probably be downloaded on any distro. Same goes for the file manager, customization, all their education edition software, and everything else in their app store. It's free, just like 99% of all other mainstream Linux distros.

If there's any valid claim in this post it could be that it's lightweight, but it's still far from alone in that aspect.

I'm not saying it's not good for students. I'm just saying it's not unique and there are many other distros that meet these criteria as well. Though this is true for a lot of distros, there are few that stand out a lot.

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Aashish Panthi Author

In short, Zorin doesn't require you to download manully, it gives you auto configured. Your points are right but that itself is a tedious process.

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PNS11

Looks like Ubuntu but with a price tag and one has to enable ufw manually. I'll keep it simple and continue with Debian and i3wm.

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Aashish Panthi Author

No, the pro version costs $39. But zorin core, education and lite version are completely free. No, there is not hefty price tag.

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Muhammad Hammad Hassan

Great I'm going to give it a try and see how it goes. But one question ... Does their claim also include ChromeOS? In other words, can it run on ChromeOS/Chromebooks ?

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Aashish Panthi Author

Yes, you can try for sure.

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Azlan-Syed

i agree this because it has a beautiful look

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Aashish Panthi Author

Yes, it is