Linux Distros - Part 2: Zorin OS 5 Free

  • S04E41
  • July 5, 2011

Robbie and Christa take a look at Zorin OS 5 Free, an exceptional Linux distribution, especially for users wanting to migrate from Windows or Mac to Linux.

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This episode is sponsored in part by: Planet Calypso & Pogoplug.

Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Christa Wells present in studio.
  • Category5 has met its fundraising goal for the microphones and server replacement.
  • Viewer Photos from brimurray and 8milesfromtj.
  • Greetings to new viewers.
  • Viewer Question: I'd like to dual boot Windows XP on a computer that already has Ubuntu installed. I've done it the other way around, but is it possible to install Windows and then replace GRUB?
  • Viewer Comment: I found a great tool to change the Plymouth theme in linux:
  • Setting up shots in Telestream Wirecast.
  • Using Telestream Wirecast's Desktop Presenter feature to stream your computer screen to Wirecast without the need of a capture card.
  • Top stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom.
  • Robbie launches a contest to win a Pogoplug.
  • Robbie sends out greetz to viewers in the chat room.
  • Viewer Comment: I follow @RobbieFerguson on Twitter from my Sony Dash.
  • Feature: Linux Distros - Part 2: Zorin OS 5 (Free Edition)
  • Huge upgrade to the studio: Mac logo can no longer be seen.
  • Zorin OS reminds Robbie of the "idea" behind the original Lindows distro--usability and ease of migration for Windows users.
  • Aesthetics of Zorin OS: It has an over-sized computer icon. Robbie shows us how to fix this.
  • Christa thinks Zorin OS looks naive.
  • The out-of-the-box Compiz effects on Zorin OS are a bit much. Robbie shows how to change them.
  • Changing Zorin OS to look like Windows 7, Windows XP, or the traditional Linux Gnome desktop.
  • Logging out of the Zorin OS desktop without having to reboot.
  • Wirecast put "0,0,202" in the header of the show, strangely.
  • Even when setup to look like Microsoft Windows, the Linux "start menu" is much better organized.
  • Robbie talks about the user experience of Zorin OS.
  • A couple notes about the included software in Zorin OS Free.
  • Zorin OS includes all you need to get started out of the box: Flash support, OpenShot Video Editor,
  • Zorin OS can also look like a Mac OS system if you buy the commercial version for around €10.
  • Zorin OS returns control to the user that Ubuntu (Canonical) has removed with Unity.
  • Why Robbie thinks it's okay for Zorin OS to charge for premium versions of their Linux distribution.
  • Viewer Comments: Audio sync and framerate are poor, but overall the quality of the broadcast this week is substantially better than on the previous server.
  • Viewer Comment: The audio has a fan noise.
  • Robbie demonstrates the incredible difference in quality between the new headset and the lapel microphone.
  • Viewer Question: Is the difference in noise cancellation?
  • Christa plans to break out into song when she gets her "pop star" headset.
  • Viewer Comment: I might be able to donate some microphones.

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