Why I chose Zorin OS 5 Ultimate as my go-to distribution
I changed my Ubuntu workstation from an Ubuntu Ultimate Edition distro to Zorin OS 5 Core. After a week or so I liked it so much I upgraded to Zorin OS 5 Ultimate and installed Zorin Core (the free version) on my other machines. The reason for the changes was quite simple. Zorin OS 5 Ultimate gave my workstation the baseline Ubuntu 11.04 plus the Gnome desktop with features that keep the UI very straightforward and clean. The other machines are kept busy doing distributed processing work for BOINC projects like SETI, Einstein and LHC so their OS and UI needs are minimal. Zorin Core provides the same UI but the distro installs with fewer extra programs to update and maintain.
Zorin comes in several versions and either 32 bit or 64 bit architectures:
* There are two versions specifically designed for schools — the Educational and Educational lite.
* Zorin Core as previously noted is one of the free versions and is a baseline Ubuntu 11.04 distribution.
* The Gaming version includes a selection of games.
* The Multimedia version includes tools for creation and working with various media applications.
* The Business edition is oriented toward small- and medium-size startup companies.
* The Ultimate edition includes all of the previously noted software.