Welcome to Zorin OS 3. The Zorin OS Team are very proud to release this software to you. We hope you will enjoy your experience with this new Zorin OS release. We have also provided you with some material about what's new and different in Zorin OS 3, what you'll need to watch out for, system requirements and other release information.
Zorin OS minimal system requirements:
Zorin OS 3 is available to download in two different flavours which are: Core (32 bit and 64 bit) and Educational (32 bit only). They are available here.
The Premium versions of Zorin OS 3 are Gaming, Multimedia and Ultimate which are all available in 32 and 64 bit versions. You can purchase them from the Store page. Alternatively you can donate €7 or more for the Gaming and Multimedia versions or €10 or more for the Ultimate version.
Zorin OS Look Changer
Zorin OS 3 now comes pre-installed with a brand new exclusive program called the Zorin OS Look Changer. This allows you to use your desktop in not only a Windows 7 style, but also WIndows XP and Linux's GNOME interface. Users of the premium releases (Zorin OS Gaming, Multimedia and Ultimate) can also enjoy a Windows Vista, Windows 2000 and Mac OS X interface in as well as the other three. With this new program you can switch between these looks easily and expediently. This will make your desktop easier and more enjoyable to use. You can find out more about this new application here.
During the installation of Zorin OS 3, you will see a slideshow that shows you around Zorin OS. This slideshow will get you familiar with Zorin OS and it's advantages, programs and features such as Security, the Look Changer (see above), its social networking features, Back In Time, Firefox, Accessibility and Support.
Zorin OS 3 sports some nice new looks. Ranging from the new themes (Shine Mac and Shine Dark) and the better looking splash screen (now using Plymouth instead of USplash) we have made the desktop look gorgeous!
The new Shine Mac theme resembles the Mac OS X theme with a Zorin OS Shine look. This theme will automatically be set when you select the Mac OS X look in the Look Changer. We have also included a dark theme called "Shine Dark". This looks like Zorin OS' regular theme but with one difference, it's dark.We have also made a Start Menu theme to suit the Dark look.
The splash screen has also been changed. If you don't know what a splash screen is, it is the loading screen you see when you are starting your computer. We have used the Plymouth engine instead of the older USplash engine which was used in previous versions of Zorin OS. Now the splash screen was made to fit on any screen size without resizing the image and it has also been made to look different than the previous splash screen.
A new set of wallpapers have also been included in Zorin OS 3. The default wallpaper in Zorin OS 3 is called "Galaxy".
Social from the Start
Thanks to Ubuntu 10.04, we have also included the new integrated social networking solution into the desktop. If you click on your user name in the panel you will now see your full name (if you set it) followed by an input box, a few IM statuses and some settings links. This menu is called the MeMenu. The MeMenu is tightly integrated into Gwibber, which is a new social networking centric application preloaded in Zorin OS 3 and Empathy IM. From the MeMenu you can Tweet, update your IM status, change your account settings and set up Ubuntu One which is Ubuntu's integrated cloud storage and syncing service, straight from your desktop!
Rhythmbox Music Player updates
Two key updates have been made to the Rhythmbox Music Player:
Rhythmbox (and the File Browser) now have iPod and iPhone management compatibility. You can browse the files stored on your iPod or iPhone natively through the File Browser without having to install anything. You can sync your music collection on your computer with your mobile device easily and quickly. It's as easy as plugging it in!
An iTunes like music store is now included in the Rhythmbox Music Player, it is called the "Ubuntu One Music Store". With the help of the 7 Digital Music Store you can download and playback high quality, DRM-free (this varies with which song you choose) music legally from one place. When you download a song it automatically copies it over to your Ubuntu One account so you can play it back on any Zorin OS or Ubuntu computer with your Ubuntu One account.
Multimedia software changes
Zorin OS 3 now ships with the OpenShot movie editor instead of Kino which was shipped with Zorin OS 2.0. We believe OpenShot is an easier and more powerful movie editor.
We have also included the VLC Media Player by default in all versions of Zorin OS 3. This will bring more multimedia playback compatibility to Zorin OS.
New, open source Nvidia drivers
Zorin OS now ships with the open source Nouveau Nvidia graphics card driver. The new driver accelerates 2D graphics performance. You can still install the official, proprietary Nvidia 3D driver if you wish from the Hardware Drivers program in Start>System>Administration>Hardware Drivers.
Better wireless card support
We have included new native wireless drivers in Zorin OS for better hardware compatibility. Although Zorin OS supports most wireless cards, some cards aren't. We have solved this problem with a new program we have included called "Windows Wireless Drivers" which lets you install the Windows wireless card drivers in Zorin OS. We still recommend using native Linux wireless drivers in Zorin OS if you can find them.
As usual, we always push the envelope in performance with every Zorin OS release. Now users can enjoy 10 second boot times with good hardware. Overall performance has also been improved dramatically.
Wait, but that's not it!
It will be impossible to list all the new feature of Zorin OS 3 here so we listed the main ones here. There are lots and lots of other new features and improvements in Zorin OS 3 like updated programs. The best way to find these new features out is to get Zorin OS 3.
Zorin OS 3 is a long term support release, this means that important security updates will be provided until April 2013. This is the ideal version of Zorin OS for large deployments and we will still be offering Zorin OS 3 until the next long term support release comes in 2 years.
Zorin OS includes some software (e.g. media codecs etc.) for countries which legislation doesn't allow software patents to be enforced. It is your responsibility to know your own country's legislation. You must also have a valid Microsoft Windows license to utilize the WINE Windows software runtime environment. If you live in a country where the legislation recognizes software patents we ask you not to download this software.