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    Zorin OS 12 Final

    Zorin OS 12 Core and Ultimate Are Here: Our Biggest Release Ever We’re proud to announce the availability of the Zorin OS 12 Core and Ultimate–the biggest release in the history of Zorin OS. With this new version, we’ve introduced an entirely new desktop experience that will make your computer more useful, more powerful and more enjoyable to use. Zorin Desktop 2.0 We have entirely reimagined the Zorin Desktop environment in Zorin OS 12. This new version of Zorin Desktop is powered by Gnome Shell and packs an enormous variety of new features: Activities Overview With a tap of the logo/super key on your keyboard, you can instantly see everything that’s happening on your computer from the Activities Overview. Every window and every workspace comes into view so you can browse, rearrange and organize your apps as they’re running. New workspaces are added dynamically, so you’ll never run out of room on your desktop. http://zorinos.com/releases/12/images/Overview.webm Universal Search As soon as you start typing in the Activities Overview, you can search for anything on your computer and beyond. Not only can you find your installed apps, Universal Search also suggests new apps to download from the Software store as you type. In addition, you can now search for files and even inside of apps. Thanks to search providers, apps can extend the functionality of the Universal Search, so you can search for a city to find the local time or enter in a maths sum and see the answer live without even opening the Calculator app. Notifications We’ve introduced notifications which are more rich and actionable than ever before. Notifications are now interactive, so not only do they inform you of what’s new in real time, but they let you take actions without interrupting your workflow. If you’ve ignored or dismissed a notification, you can now find it from the clock menu in the panel, alongside your events and reminders. Improved Display Support Zorin Desktop now supports advanced display features on newer computers. When you use Zorin OS 12 on a laptop or tablet with a high resolution display, the interface will automatically scale. That way, buttons and text will stay at the optimal size for your screen, but they’ll become crisper and clearer than ever before. The new desktop has been designed with touch screens in mind, so tablets and convertible laptops can enjoy a more comfortable user experience. New touch gestures have been introduced to improve desktop navigation: 3+ finger pinch opens the Activities Overview 4 finger drag (up or down) switches workspaces 3 finger hold & tap switches between apps If your laptop has a built-in light sensor, the display brightness can now intelligently change based on your environment’s lighting. Familiarity We’ve worked incredibly hard to make all the new features of Zorin Desktop accessible and easy to use. That’s why we’ve built a suite of desktop extensions that make Zorin OS work and behave like the desktop you’re familiar with. Everything is right where you expect it, so you won’t need to learn anything new to take advantage of your fresh new desktop. This is only scratching the surface of what’s new and better in Zorin Desktop 2.0. Thanks to the hundreds of new features in this release, Zorin OS 12 has the most powerful desktop ever. Design Improvements With the new Zorin Desktop 2.0 environment comes a fresh new look. The dark tones of the interface shell create a contrast against the app windows to give a clear distinction between the system UI and the work you’re focusing on. Many apps now take advantage of header bars which merge the window buttons and app controls into one bar. The result is a sleeker new look for your apps that also saves screen real estate. The application theme has seen significant refinements and bug fixes. In many apps where the content takes centre stage, dark mode is now enabled automatically to reduce distractions from the interface controls. Zorin OS 12 introduces a stunning new icon theme based on Paper. With a design based around flat geometric shapes and bold colours, this new icon theme will make your desktop look more elegant and modern. Many more subtle design enhancements have been made throughout the desktop, such as the introduction of the Roboto system font and new delightful animations that also make desktop interactions more understandable. Zorin OS has always kept user-friendly design as its north star and with version 12 we’ve raised the bar even further. Zorin Appearance We have brought together the functionality of the Zorin Look Changer and Zorin Theme Changer into one app called Zorin Appearance. With a click of a button, you can change the desktop layout to match that of Windows versions and Gnome 3. The Ultimate edition of Zorin OS 12 also features Ubuntu, Gnome 2 and macOS-like layouts. http://zorinos.com/releases/12/images/ZorinAppearance.webm Zorin Appearance also lets you customize even more detailed aspects of the desktop including fonts, animations, window scaling and the panel to name a few. Zorin Appearance is the go-to app for customizing your desktop quickly and simply. A New Way to Experience Software Zorin OS 12 introduces the new, faster Software store. Software is the best way to browse, install and now update apps. It acts as the central point of the Zorin OS app ecosystem. Chromium Web Browser Chromium has been selected as the new default web browser in Zorin OS 12. As the Open Source base version of the acclaimed Google Chrome browser, Chromium provides a tremendous user experience. From its fast browsing speeds to the thousands of extensions it supports from the Chrome Web Store, surfing the web in Zorin OS just got a whole lot better. Google Integration Linking your Google account lets you do so much more in Zorin OS 12. You can now browse your Google Drive files from the File Browser and view your synced Google Photos in the Photos app. Simply open the “Online Accounts” panel from Settings to log into your Google account and you’re ready to go. Newly Introduced Apps A number of new applications have been introduced in Zorin OS 12 to help you get more done, better. Maps Maps lets you view maps and satellite imagery from around the world. Get directions for when you’re driving, cycling or walking from A to B and beyond. Weather Weather gives you an aesthetically pleasing view of the weather conditions and forecasts at home and abroad. Photos Photos replaces the Shotwell Photo Manager app in Zorin OS 12. It introduces unparalleled integration with the desktop and works beautifully with your online accounts. Videos The newly introduced Videos app now works with online video sources such as YouTube, Vimeo and worldwide news channels, so any video is only a tap away. Updated System Apps and Technologies Many of the built-in system apps have seen extensive improvements both visually and under the hood. Zorin OS 12 is powered by Linux Kernel version 4.4, which now works with even more hardware and introduces performance enhancements and security improvements. As Zorin OS 12 is based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, it will be supported with security updates until April 2021. This makes Zorin OS 12 the ideal choice for large deployments in businesses, governments, schools and organisations. With Zorin OS 12, we are introducing a new release schedule going into the future. Major releases of Zorin OS will now be made once every 2 years. In between, a number of point releases will be made that will include incremental updates to the built in apps as well as support for new hardware, security fixes and various under-the-hood improvements. This gives you the optimal balance between the robustness of tried-and-tested technology and the latest and greatest features. By focusing on one release at a time, we will be able to provide the best possible experience to everyone using Zorin OS. We are currently working on the Lite, Educational and Business editions which will be released over the next few weeks. Zorin OS 12 has been the product of over a year of planning and development. It lays the foundation for the next chapter in the future of Zorin Group. We hope that you’ll enjoy using it! Website Direct Download Links It is recommended to download Zorin OS using the latest version of Google Chrome or Firefox, without any third-party download managers in order to avoid file corruption. 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  2. I'm asking this after looking around here - finding lots of general info - and my query centers upon using Linux rather than windoze. Now that I'm a full time Linux user there are some bootable tool ISOs that I really like to have around conveniently for my various tasks. There's as many as a dozen of these ISOs, and keeping a bootable stick made for each one seems rather silly nowadays with the huge capacities of sticks. (I've pretty much moved 100% away from CD/DVD media, of course...) I do not use UEFI, GPT & anything in my hands gets the hideous secure boot baloney turned off altogether - plain olf MBR is good enough for me. The latest tool for this that I've run across is Ventoy, which has been posted about here at the forum many times already. I seek opinions here regarding the best/easiest tool for making such a multi-boot ISO based stick, preferably under Linux as I have no windoze box running here anymore ?? Thanks for any education !! PS - Ventoy related threads: https://www.nsaneforums.com/topic/372817-ventoy-create-the-simplest-multiboot-usb-support-both-uefi-and-legacy/?do=findComment&comment=1586466 https://www.nsaneforums.com/topic/376266-how-to-create-multiboot-usb-flash-drive/#comment-1607408 https://www.nsaneforums.com/topic/375482-guidereview-another-look-at-the-open-source-bootable-usb-tool-ventoy/?tab=comments#comment-1596272
  3. Canonical has announced the release of Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine. The new version will be supported for nine months as is the case with all non-LTS releases and is the final version before the next LTS update in April 2020. With this update, Canonical has updated the core pieces of software including GNOME, which was bumped to version 3.34. Additionally, users can also use ZFS on the root file system as an experimental feature. While the standard Ubuntu release will be what most people flock to, the 19.10 update is also available for other Ubuntu flavours such as Ubuntu Budgie, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu – each ships with a different desktop environment where one may be better than another for your particular needs. Aside from GNOME 3.34 and ZFS support, Ubuntu 19.10 also ships with Linux kernel 5.3 which includes support for new hardware. If you use the latest modern hardware and have had issues getting Ubuntu to recognise components, now could be a good time to have another look to see if everything is working. Installing Ubuntu isn’t too difficult a task, just head over to the Ubuntu website and download the ISO you’d like. Once that’s done you’ll want to write the ISO to a DVD or USB and begin the installation, you can find more information on this with Canonical’s tutorial. Source: Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine released with GNOME 3.34 and ZFS support (via Neowin)
  4. The Zorin Group has released a point update to the beautiful beginner-friendly Linux distro Zorin OS 15, and while not substantial it does ship with a few nice improvements worth mentioning below. But the real headline, at least in my opinion, is the visibility Zorin OS is enjoying with Mac and Windows users. In the release announcement, the Zorin group shares that within 6 months Zorin OS 15 has been downloaded 550,000 times, and that a surprising 65% of those downloads come from macOS or Windows machines. More than half a million downloads may seem trivial when compared to the large user-base for Windows and Macs, but for a boutique Linux distribution — in a sea of literally hundreds — this seems worthy of celebration. This likely comes down to the simple, direct marketing the Zorin Group employs. Phrases like “A powerful desktop you already know how to use” and “Your Computer, Better” are powerful and easy to understand. This is combined with imagery (such as the above photo) that frequently invokes the clean lines and looks of Apple hardware like iMacs. (Makes sense, it’s pretty easy to install Linux on your older Macs.) The team is also targeting Windows 7 users as a free, modern alternative to the aging Microsoft OS that loses support in January 2020. In addition to that, there’s a Zorin OS Education Edition targeted at elementary schools that couples the existing ease-of-use with a ton of open source educational apps and games. ABOVE: Listen to my fascinating interview with Zorin OS founder Artyom Zorin about the future of desktop Linux. But I wanted to hear directly from Zorin OS founder Artyom Zorin, so I asked him for his take on this: “It's a bunch of different things,” Zorin replied. “By having a laser focus on a specific use case and demographic – Windows and macOS users who aren't familiar with Linux in our case – this was always at the top of our minds when making any decision, from how to develop the system to how we explain it to newcomers on our website. Because of this, we knew how important it was to make the system approachable and attractive to the regular computer user. Even when proficient Linux users first came across Zorin OS, they could see that it's something that their friends who still use Windows and macOS could be interested in, and they spread the word of Zorin OS.” Zorin also shared that they’ve spent “virtually no money on advertising.” The growth of Zorin, he says, has been entirely word of mouth. “It's thanks to the incredible community that Zorin OS has gotten to where it is today, and we couldn't be more grateful,” he adds. Regardless of statistics, Zorin OS is a Linux distribution worth paying attention to. It’s refreshing to see that it’s potentially bringing so many Windows and macOS users over to the more beautiful and less frustrating side of the desktop PC fence. It’s also refreshing to see a Linux distribution openly sharing their download numbers. This week’s Zorin OS 15 update includes GameMode, a tweak that automatically boosts CPU performance of certain games, a slick improvement to the Zorin Connect app that lets you control your mouse cursor with an Android phone, and LibreOffice 6.3 among several other improvements detailed here. Source
  5. Leading Analyst Firm’s Research Shows that Linux has Surpassed Windows on the Endpoint Reading, UK. June 26, 2019 – IGEL, provider of a next-gen edge OS for cloud workspaces, today announced the conclusions of the new IDC InfoBrief, “Leverage Linux to Transform Endpoints and Thrive in the Cloud and Edge Revolution.” The IDC InfoBrief, sponsored by IGEL, shows that Linux is the fastest growing operating system (OS) for endpoint devices and that in 2018 Linux, for the first time, surpassed Windows shipments for thin clients, growing 6% per annum from 2015 to 2018 while Windows OS shrank 5% per annum during the same period. The IDC InfoBrief finds that the digital worker’s demand for speed, collaboration and innovation has never been higher. This is compounded by the rapid growth of Millennials and Generation Z employees in the workforce. IDC estimates that these two generations will make up nearly 75% of the workforce by 2025. These hyper-mobile workers demand high performance, frictionless user experience. Meeting this demand is the growth of the cloud-based workspace which can deliver increased productivity, security and manageability at a lower cost when compared to traditional EUC devices. Enabling the adoption of cloud workspaces is the power and flexibility of the Linux OS on the endpoint. Offering lower cost, heightened security, increased flexibility and unified endpoint management, Linux on the endpoint is rapidly becoming a de facto standard for cloud-enabled endpoint computing (EUC). “Endpoint transformation with Linux is an organisations’ golden opportunity to deliver cloud-like services to the hyper-mobile user and meet IT objectives,” states the IDC InfoBrief author, Archana Venkatramen, Research Manager – European Datacenter Research, IDC. “Cloud and IT consumerisation have reset workforces’ expectations from IT around speed, collaboration and innovation. The time is now to make endpoints cloud-ready to boost workforce productivity and shine in this revolution.” “There is indeed a revolution in play that is dramatically changing the landscape of end user computing,” said Simon Clephan, Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Alliances, IGEL. “And, with the influx of younger generations of workers driving a high demand for computing mobility, performance and collaboration, the change will be rapid and dramatic. IGEL is at the center of this transformation with its Linux-based next-gen edge OS for cloud workspaces. It gives IT the ease of management and superior security they need, supporting thousands of users from a single console, while lowering costs and improving endpoint performance and mobility.” The IGEL OS is a powerful next-gen edge OS for cloud workspaces. Delivering hardened endpoint security, it supports any virtual or cloud environment – including Citrix, VMware, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud – and runs on any compatible x86 endpoint hardware for highly productive and secure computing from anywhere. The full IDC InfoBrief is available for download here: https://www.igel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/IDC-Infobrief-Leverage-Linux-to-Transform-Endpoints-Jun-2019.pdf Source
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