Making that switch has never been easier thanks to supremely user-friendly options like Ubuntu Linux and Linux Mint, but there's also a lesser-known Linux flavor that's designed specifically to offer an easy transition from Microsoft's operating system.
Zorin OS is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution that actually bills itself as "the gateway to Linux for Windows users." I wrote about the free and open source operating system once back in 2010, but just this week a brand-new version 6 made its debut.
If you're accustomed to Windows but are feeling anxious about Windows 8 and all the changes it will bring--or if you're a Linux user who's dissatisfied with the current crop of desktops out there--Zorin OS 6 could be just what you need.
So what's new in this latest release of the software? Here's a quick rundown of some of the highlights.
1. A New Desktop Environment
Certainly most notable about Zorin OS 6 is its new Zorin Desktop environment, which it uses by default instead of Unity, GNOME, Cinnamon, or another alternative. "Zorin Desktop embraces all of the latest and greatest of Open Source software and technologies such as Gtk3 and other software from the GNOME 3 software stack, all without affecting the familiarity and usability of the desktop which still retains its Windows 7-like default look," the project's developers explain. Also included is the Compiz window manager.
2. Multiple Interface Options