Zorin OS 16 Pro, the upcoming release that will replace Zorin OS Ultimate has been announced and one of the features they're showing off is a pre-made style to look like Windows 11.
It was only a matter of time of course until someone or some distribution put up an official Windows 11-like style, and surprisingly it actually looks quite nice. Only available in the Pro edition, this is their paid version of Zorin OS Linux that provides a bunch of extras.
"The Windows 11-like desktop layout is brand-new in Zorin OS 16 Pro. It features a modern and streamlined UI that adapts well to computers with touchpads, mice, or touchscreens. The new grid menu, activities overview button, and taskbar icons are placed front and center for easy access and effortless navigation on screens of all sizes. "
Zorin OS 16 Pro will come with 8 very different desktop layouts with their 4 premium layouts to look like macOS, Windows 11, Windows Classic and Ubuntu on top of 4 other layouts included in the standard Zorin OS.
Why pay though? Well, working on open source software does have a cost attached to it and a very real one. People need to eat and we do live in a society where money talks. On the "Why Pay?" page, the Zorin team note that funding helps them hire developers and they're totally independent.
"We've designed Zorin OS to have the perfect blend of power and usability for everyone."
The thing is - why would you want to use Zorin? Well, the developers say a big target for them are new Linux users, and people who perhaps aren't the best with computers overall. They include a number of tweaks to make the experience as easy as possible like prompting to install Wine if you try to use a Windows application but also show some known equivalent options if possible too. Lots of little tweaks.
Building on top of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, they get a stable base with all the updates to the entire Linux software stack that came with it. The full release of Zorin OS 16 is due on Tuesday, August 17.