Hubby desperately wanted to test the Zorin OS Linux distro. After playing with it for one night he was astonishingly quiet. So I asked him about his experience with Zorin but he really didn’t wanted to talk about it. And now I understand why …
It’s crappola. And here is why:
- The website claims Zorin is an alternative to Windows and Mac. And that is not the way anyone should approach Linux. Linux is its own beast and doesn’t need to be compared to WinApple or being reduced to a mere serviceable “alternative”.
- They spend a lot of labour and resources into mimicking the desktops of the big operation systems. Why?
- Zorin is based on Ubuntu, which isn’t very original but is exactly what 90% of other, better distros do as well.
- On our Lenovo system Zorin runs very very slow. This might be different on other computers but on our i5-650 it’s much slower than any other Linux distro
- Zorin is commercial pay-for software. They have a free version as well, and I guess it’s the one most people are using. But the fact alone that they are asking 19 €uros for the full version is offputting.
- There just isn’t enough WOW factor in Zorin to make it stand out and put it above the crowd of other distros.
Anyway, since hubby flatout refused to talk about Zorin I checked it myself. And what I found in the 5 minutes I was on the system is …
- Zorin uses its own desktop out of the box. The desktop is actve, which is cool and way better than Gnome. It was easy to make the screenshot and found it back in the file system and even put it onto the desktop.
- The icon theme sucks. I didn’t spend enough time in Zorin to find out how to change it … if possible at all.
- The software choice is very atypical for a Linux distro. Geary as email program and Google as search engine and email account. What? Why?
- I couldn’t find any way to figure out on which kernel Zorin is running, neither did I find a terminal. Yes I know most users wanna get rid of terminal operations but to remove it from your distro is like so totally wrong, impractical and more than just a nod towards Microsoft’s superiority. Bullcrap, people. This is a shitty mindset.
Like so many of the new wave of Linux distros Zorin is a very fashionable system. It looks modern, clean and spartan. For the real Linux freak it’s much too anaemic and poorly equipped. In Zorin’s case they’ve even left away some critically important functionalities, like a terminal program and a way to update your kernel and your drivers.
I call these Linux distros Millenial Linuxes: Fuk freedom, fuk knowledge, fuk know-how, fuk self-determination and responsibility, fuk choice. Life is complicated enough, give us something easy to understand and to grasp. Give us an alternative to Windows and Mac. 😦
Don’t get me wrong please. Zorin is a real Linux distro, perfectly workable and probably does a lot of things in an okay-ish manner. But I fail to see the appeal in something that is merely good enough. Good enough ain’t good enough for me. Particularly since it’s so easy to get something much better, equally easy, just with more choice and more freedom and more individuality.