One more thing about the website and we will start the real thing. They have a nice "Take the tour" button which links to a really nice features page. Big problem here! The feature set is BORING! Com'on guys, No risk of getting viruses is the first feature? This is a very very old joke. And Security comes first. Is this a mission critical server OS? People are in constant fear of viruses and malware in this digital world. Thanks to Zorin OS's immunity to Windows viruses you will never have to worry about them. Zorin OS also comes with integrated firewall software to keep your system extra safe. When a potential security threat arises, software updates usually come within a matter of hours through the Update Manager. With Zorin OS you are sure to have peace of mind. People are in a constant fear? Why you did not mentioned the terrorist threat? And you have another logical problem here. You say that Zorin OS is immune to Windows viruses. In fact this is logic, because this is Zorin not Windows, but you don't say anything about Zorin OS viruses. Did they exist? If yes, this is a problem, if not then why not? I mean the bad guys are writing viruses to Windows but not for Zorin? Why nobody has interest in writing a Zorin virus? This puts Zorin OS in a bad light.
And what is with the Much faster than Windows 7 feature? Do you have any data?
The rest of features are the same standard things available on any distro website.
The website review was somehow negative but let's forget this (maybe they just put all their efforts in the OS itself, not in the marketing things) and start the real test with a positive thing: the download was fast. They do offer a free version (I have tested Zorin OS 5 Core 32-bit) and some premium editions for purchase, which is fine.
The Installer: the Welcome screen is the first part of the Installer. And look nice. Because this is an OS specifically designed for new or inexperienced users, we are expecting a very polished user experience and attention to details. Unfortunately even this simple screen already can create confusions. Only the experienced user will click Forward automatically. One may wonder why the button on the top-right corner of the screen is red? Is something wrong? That button is red (the shut down menu in fact) even when you install the desktop. Ubuntu changes the color of the Shut down menu to red when an update requires a restart. In Zorin OS this dark red colored button is always there, leaving you with the constant impression that something is wrong and needs your attention.
This page also has a You may wish to read the release notes label or button. A new user may really wish to read the release notes, but this will be not so simple as it sounds. First a Welcome to Google Chrome dialog pops up with Choose search engine question. Com'on, I just want to read the release notes. Who knows, maybe says something important. At this point I accidentally clicked on the installer form and guess what. The Chrome dialog dissapeared and the release notes button did not worked anymore. A bit frustrating.
Finally I've managed to bring Chrome back (Alt-Tab) and the release notes appeared. Coming Soon... And one of the feature was the "document creation".
OK, no release notes probably means no problems! Continuing with the installation. This is a standard Ubuntu installer, the slideshows were changed. While the installation is in progress we have the possibility to click on that damn red button. Interestingly you can access the Control Center and play with the settings. Of course this is non-sense and creates another confusion. A new user may think he can configure his computer at this point but receives strange error messages only. Is it so hard to disable these items at install time?
Installer finished without errors and we are ready for the first boot!
Dear Zorin OS support team! I need your help. Today I have installed Zorin OS, but now I have a virus on my computer. The virus name is "gnu grub version 1.99~rc1-13ubuntu3" or 2.6.38-8-generic, I don't know. Please help!
I can image such support requests at Zorin. Look at this:
You say: let's take Ubuntu and make it better for new users. And you don't change this? What the hell is this? It's too complicated to change? Then stop pretending you have an "operating system". Until this point you did not added any value to Ubuntu! Only a few bugs. Period.
...to be continued