Welcome to Zorin OS 4. 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 4, what you'll need to watch out for, system requirements and other release information.
|Corresponds with the GNOME based versions of Zorin OS||(G)|
|Corresponds with Lite versions of Zorin OS||(L)|
|Corresponds with both Lite and GNOME versions of Zorin OS||(G+L)|
|Corresponds with only the Premium versions of Zorin OS (Gaming, Multimedia and Ultimate)||(P)|
This is, without doubt, one of the biggest and most anticipated additions to Zorin OS. We have used the LXDE desktop environment to provide you with one of the fastest and most feature-packed interfaces for low-spec machines while still being user friendly to new Linux users. We have included some new and exclusive programs and features such as our unique Look Changer tailored especially for the LXDE environment, the Internet Browser Manager (see below) and many others. The Look Changer in Zorin OS Lite allows you to switch between a Windows 2000 look and a Mac look with ease.
New desktop theme (G+L)
Another hugely anticipated feature of Zorin OS 4 is the new and improved desktop theme. We have redesigned both the GTK+ theme and window border to provide an even more aesthetically pleasing desktop experience. We have based the theme on the Equinox theme engine. Here is a demo of the theme:
Background Plus (P)
Background Plus gives you a more compelling and advanced desktop in Zorin OS. You can set a video, audio file or screensaver as your background, or you can set it to the default "Space" animated background which you can see along with a screenshot of the program or in the video of it here.
Redesigned splash screen (G+L)
In order to make the boot-up experience even more compelling we have redesigned the splash screen (the screen you see when you start Zorin OS up, before the login screen).
Internet Browser Manager (G+L)
The default web browser in Zorin OS is either Firefox (in GNOME based versions) or Google Chrome (in the Lite versions). For those who want to use other web browsers, we have included our new and exclusive program called the Internet Browser Manager which makes installing and uninstalling web browsers simple and foolproof.
Splash Screen Manager (G+L)
The Splash Screen Manager makes it easy to change, install and remove Plymouth splash screen themes in Zorin OS.
Improved sound menu (G)
To streamline and improve the panel even more we have included the improved sound menu. This fuses the sound volume and music player menus to change the volume, control playback and see more information on what's playing.
Better File Manager (G)
Zorin OS 4 now boasts the Nautilus-Elementary file manager in place of the older and clunkier Nautilus file manager. The new program gives you a more streamlined and feature packed file browsing experience. As well as cutting out with the unnecessary clunk, many new features have been added such as the better looking breadcrumb view, a more intuitive view mode button, a zoom slider, a cover flow-like browsing view, Terminal functions inside the browser and a whole lot more.
File previews (G)
A new tool called Gloobus Preview has been added in Zorin OS 4. This improves the file management experience even more. Instead of opening a big program to just view an image, document, song or video, you can just press the space bar after you have selected it to show up a preview of the file. Simple as that!
Refined Software Center (G+L)
The Software Center has undergone a major overhaul. The first thing you will notice about it is the redesigned home screen for the Software Center. You will now see a background image, the featured programs, the newly added programs an, of course, the categories. The Software Center now includes the History view so now you can view what you programs have installed, removed and updated. The Software Center also now handles .deb installer files instead of the GDebi program.
Easier and faster installer (G+L)
The newly updated Ubiquity installer makes it much easier and more time effective to install Zorin OS to your machine. The first stage in the installer is the partitioning phase which was given a graphical overhaul to be much easier to use, and it was first for a reason. Straight after you chose your partitioning settings it installs the system as you set up the user accounts, keyboard etc. This makes sure that Zorin OS installs even faster on your system.
Wait, but that's not it!
It would be impossible to list all the new features of Zorin OS 4 here so we listed the main ones. There are lots and lots of other new features and improvements in Zorin OS 4 like updated programs and performance improvements. In order to discover them please try out Zorin OS 4!
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.