ZorinOS with it’s branding, style and amazing desktop functionality out of the box makes it seems to be that Zorin is looking out to be one of the top tier opensource OS of the time, particurarly for when introducing new people to linux. To be honest you would not even need to explain that it’s linux and just call it Zorin to most people.
This blogpost displays a lot of the graphical improvements, new out of the box features and more. So if you are interested in looking at a new linux distro of ubuntu or haven’t had a look at Zorin for a while, then now is a interesting time to take a gander.
Infenitely galactic did also an amazing video going through the beta release here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYC3_4L7dYg
This and ElementaryOS seems to me to be a major improvement for making Linux an attractive choice for most people, and with that I’m considering their website and communication-work as a part of the package.
For 2021 and onwards ZorinOS and ElementaryOS would be my go-to recommendations to windows and apple users.
I also have to acknowledge:
The KDE-desktop has improved a LOT lately, unfortunately I wouldn’t recommend KDE-neon or any KDE-desktop based projects to anyone at the moment.
PopOS is also very good.
There are probably many more as well.
But ATM their com-work isn’t at the same level from what I have experienced so far.
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KDE Plasma might not be the prettiest desktop, but I think it’s good enough for most people. Most people work entirely in their browser and file manager nowadays, anyway.
Zorin OS was my introduction to Linux so I have a soft spot for it, but at the and it’s just another Ubuntu respin. There is no reason to recommend it over Ubuntu.
I understand this sentiment functionally. In particular for old school dudes, linux enthusiasts and programmers. There isn’t any big practical difference between Zorin and Ubuntu. Particurarly if you tinker with it.
BUT I think the communcation/branding work of Zorin is leaps and bounds beyond the new 21.04 release of Ubuntu. And as a face to represent the linux ecosystem as alternative to the proprietary systems like Windows and Apple I think Ubuntu is doing a bad job.
Now I acknowledge that the new ubuntu can be seen as acceptable or even as very good! And I don’t disagree with that. But I also compare to current Windows and MacOS, and basing things on how attratcive I think it might be to most people. I’m also more of a lamen user myself and appreciate a well done desktop environment.