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The third option in the Zorin Look Changer is Gnome 2, shown above. It has top and bottom panels, with 'Applications' and 'Places' menus and various icons on the top panel, and a task bar and desktop selection on the bottom panel.
Those who are used to Gnome 2 (or MATE) should be comfortable with this desktop, although they might be surprised and disappointed (as I was) to find that you can't right-click the panels to change Preferences. Perhaps this is possible in some other way or some other place. Perhaps not...
This is the last of the Zorin "Looks", there is no Windows 8 (thank God for that). However, if you right-click on the Zorin Menu button in the panel, and then choose 'Preferences' you will find a list of other menu styles and icons. Some of these are pretty nice, so take a look if this kind of thing interests you.
Another nice feature of the Zorin OS is the Web Browser Manager'(found on the 'Internet' menu). The Zorin Core distribution comes with Chrome installed. This utility lets you install (or uninstall) Firefox, Opera or Midori as well.
When you select one to be installed it actually goes through the package manager to download and install it, and it will then be added to the Internet menu and will show up as being installed in the Software Centre or Synaptic.
Interestingly, when I installed Firefox this way, after the installation was complete I suddenly got a notification that there were a lot of updates available. Apparently the installation process had set up the software sources and refreshed the cache.
By the way, I am pleased that Zorin OS still includes the Synaptic Package Manager in addition to the Software Centre. I still prefer to use Synaptic, so I was disappointed when it was dropped from Ubuntu. Yes, I know that I can still put it back there myself, but that's just one more step, so I'm happier this way. Humour me.
The Zorin OS 8.1 Core distribution, with the latest updates installed, includes:
- Linux kernel 3.11
- Avant Window Navigator 0.4.2
- X.org X Server 1.14.5
- Files 3.8.2 (File Manager)
The Core distribution includes a good selection of application software and utilities:
- Google Chrome 33.0
- Mozilla Thunderbird 24.4
- GIMP 2.8.6
- Shotwell 0.15.0 (Photo Manager)
- ImageMagick 6.7.7
- LibreOffice 220.127.116.11
- Noise (Music) 0.2.4
- Videos (Totem) 3.8.2
- OpenShot 1.4.3 (Video Editor)
- WINE 1.6.1
Using the Zorin Web Browser Manager you can also easily install:
- Firefox 28.0
- Opera 12.16
- Midori 0.4.3
Using the Software Centre or Synaptic, there are literally thousands of other packages available.