This article has been edited and updated from the original 2014 article. Zorin Linux makes a great Windows OS replacement and now even MacOS replacement. Seven years later and I’m more confident about this recommendation.
In the past, you’ve probably heard about or been affected by the retirement of Windows XP support on April 8, 2014, and then after January 14, 2020, Microsoft also dropped support for Windows 7.
After testing and comparing Linux distributions, I’ve concluded that one of the best Linux Distros when specifically trying to replace Windows (or macOS) with something similar is Zorin Linux. However, if you are not looking to keep the Windows-like or MacOS-like look and feel, read this post instead: Best Linux Distros for Beginner, Experienced and Expert users.
Zorin Linux: Windows Replacement
Zorin OS is a Ubuntu-based Linux distribution designed specifically for newcomers to Linux. It has a Microsoft Windows-like or MacOS-like graphical user interface and includes many apps similar to Windows. You can choose (Start -> System tools -> Zorin Look Manager) between Window classic or Windows modern desktop look. Zorin Linux also comes with Wine, which lets users run many Windows applications on Linux. The distribution’s ultimate goal is to provide a Linux alternative to Windows while allowing users to enjoy Linux within a familiar desktop environment.
Zorin Linux: macOS Replacement
Sometime after this article was initially published, Zorin Linux has also focused on offering their OS as a macOS replacement. Zorin OS is great for users who prefer to keep a similar Windows or Mac experience while benefiting from Linux’s stability, security, and low cost (often free) to maintain.
Also, see Choosing the Best Linux Distro.
Posted: May 15, 2014 | Last Updated: October 18, 2021