11 Reasons the free Zorin OS Linux could be the right choice for you

Introduction:

Windows 10 has been out for almost 5 years it’s a great operating system, and personally I like it. But it still suffers from the basic core issues. By design the OS is not truly multi user, you cannot login the OS twice. And its not true multi desktop, I like it that they try to implement it and they went on the right path, but it doesn’t work the way Linux does.

Privacy is another concern for example telemetry is deeply woven into Windows. Windows 10 now sends statistics and targets ads. And you login with the MS account you use online, which I don’t like neither. This is the move to make Windows 10 as a service and to integrate it into the cloud. Other thing is that it still uses Internet Explorer 11 and how it is still deeply woven into Windows 10 , with all the security concerns that comes with it.

Windows 10 1909 Desktop

1. Its closed source and proprietary:

You don’t own Microsoft Windows 10, they license their operating system to you. They do not guarantee you , you can use it, they can remotely disable your OS leaving you with nothing, and they are not liable for whatever happens to the Operating System. They can do anything and can do whatever they want with the Operating system for which they own.

2. Still uses old code & Internet Explorer still deeply woven into the OS.

Windows Logo

Although Microsoft is removing a lot of old code from its kernel and OS which I cheer for. It’s still vulnerable to viruses and malware, the operating system is still based on old code. Also Internet Explorer is still deeply woven into Windows 10 seeing the latest Internet Explorer vulnerability.

3. Costs:

While windows 10 is free for most Windows 7 users, you basically pay for it with your Privacy. It is not a “free” upgrade, you pay for it with your privacy regardless the cost.

4. Stability:

While Windows 10 is based on NT technology, it still suffers from instability when using unstable device drivers can render the operating unusable, this is just how the Windows kernel works. and laying of thousands of testers didn’t help this problem neither.

5. Unexpected slowdowns

Windows 10 is in my opinion unreliable, it suffers unexpected slowdowns while I need it to work and operate fast, rendering the operating system unusable for a set amount of time, which reduces my productivity.


Why I use Zorin OS Linux 99% of the time.

ZorinOS-15

6. Its consistently fast and reliable

I don’t have unexpected slowdowns with Zorin OS as I have with Windows, its quiet in the background and CPU stays around 1-3% with Zorin OS Lite, while Windows is looking for updates, or updates without my permission, it’s reliable for me to get things done, it is what an Operating System is suppose to do, get things done efficiently. Zorin OS is also low on memory usage, ranging from 150MB Lite to 1GB Core.

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7. It’s familiar.

Zorin OS uses a familiar interface and behaves the same way as a regular Windows operating system does, but in my opinion exceeds Windows in usability by the simplicity and speed.

8. Stable

Zorin OS is Linux, it is stable, I have not had a crash or slowdown with this Operating system. all the hardware works out of the box on this 11 year old machine, which is as fast as it was 10 years ago.

9. Easy to use

Zorin OS is extremely easy to use. It has a software center where you can install all kinds of software you need to get things done, you can configure your desktop and behavior from the settings menu. It even has a nice integration of Wine to run certain Windows software if you need to. And Ubuntu also has great documentation and a great helpful community, yes Zorin Os is based on Ubuntu making them compatible.

10. Free

Zorin Logo

Zorin OS Core and Zorin OS Lite are the free editions of Zorin OS, which is all you need. If you wish to receive premium support and like their project you can purchase the ultimate edition which gives you some extra features and help the project. It is all open source, meaning you own the software, and they do not spy on you like Microsoft does. Licenses wont expire and you are free to do with the operating system as you want. You could even fork the project making it yours and release it. Just leave a nice credit towards the zorin group 🙂

11. Customize ability

Windows Classic Interface
Windows Classic Interface
Windows Modern
Windows Modern
Touch Interface
Touch Interface
MacOS
MacOS interface
ubuntu Interface
Ubuntu Interface
Gnome 3 Interface
gnome 3 Interface

Linux / Zorin is open source software. The thing about it is that only your imagination is the limitation you own the operating system. You can customize your desktop and the OS behavior the way you want to, edit core files. Or use the settings to change Icons, fonts, themes, docks, wallpaper, widgets,sounds everything. You could change the whole desktop, to look like OSX if you want to, the sky is the limit.

 


Conclusion:

I don’t want to sound anti Windows or anti Microsoft. Remember that this is just my opinion and this is how I experience it. And I do run windows 10 as a dual boot, because I need windows for certain hardware, or software, or to check my website I am working on.

Windows 10 came a long way, I use Windows since Windows 95 and it’s day and night, Windows 10 is a great OS and offers a lot of nice features and handy tools, but these are all features I don’t use, because I mostly do web development and photo editing. So I need to run a web server. Also Windows is great OS for games and other tasks. And it probably will always be.

I have been using Linux since the early 2000s. Linux has great potential, I use Zorin OS as an example as Zorin OS is based on Ubuntu all packages and software that supports Ubuntu will work with Zorin OS. If you come from apple OSX you might prefer the standard Ubuntu version , or a Unity based distro. But when you choose for Ubuntu I would recommend you the 18.04 LTS version, or wait for the April 20.04 LTS release. LTS meaning Long Term Support, which is supported for 5 years.

Zorin OS and Ubuntu are great projects working day and night delivering great work free of change. They don’t get the praise they deserve. I mean delivering products better then Windows and free of charge, God bless these people. I mean they innovate at a rate surpassing Microsoft, What Windows 10 can do now Ubuntu did 7 years ago and more. Multi Desktop was in Linux since the beginning.

Thank you Zorin OS: 10/10

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