Zorin OS 11 Feedback

Zorin OS 11 Feedback

Postby AZorin » Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:04 am

On the 19th of January we released the Zorin OS 11 Beta. With this release, we've focused on enhancing the user experience, from the smallest details to the bigger picture. You can find more details about what's new in Zorin OS 11 here: http://zoringroup.com/blog/2016/01/19/a ... rin-os-11/

We would love to hear your feedback on what we've created so far. Feel free to post here your thoughts from using the Beta, bug reports and suggestions of what you would like us to improve even further for the final release.
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Re: Zorin OS 11 Feedback

Postby MBMz10 » Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:29 pm

I'll go first then, I installed OS 11 Beta onto real hardware, 3.0Ghz dual core, 4GB RAM, GT520 graphics, and noticed the following:

1.
Changed the theme to "Red-Black" and then installed VLC, the theme didn't look right when I started VLC, the top menu and near the bottom still "white" background with black text.
Not have this issue in OS 10 or 9. VLC version is 2.2.1
Other programs seem to be OK and the interface looks really nice as usual.

2.
No visible way to change "Preferences" in the file browser, having to change the folder layout view every time I use it. OS 10 was the same but I have the "Ultimate" and this can be changed and set via using the "Look" changer.
Not sure if this can be changed using terminal commands. This is a bit of a pain when using Zorin OS 11...

3.
When moving the AWN panel to the top, the border 'line' of the panel is hidden by the "tray" icon area, Network, Sound, Clock, User-name etc. OS 10 and 9 are the same.

4.
Doesn't like the Nvidia driver, 352.63, I get green flashes on screen when moving mouse during Video playback, screen tearing and general not very nice. On the same hardware with OS 9 and 10 no problems.
Default video driver works OK though.

Another thing I have is that I like to use Cairo Dock, on bottom of screen with AWN panel auto hide at the top, and if I try to use the "power" icon in the tray area to shutdown or restart the computer it just logs out, seems Cairo Dock removes or interferes with the systems ability to perform this function. This is the same on OS 9, 10 and the new 11 beta. Not saying it is a fault of Zorin but rather just what I have noticed! That said I have noticed a few other 'bugs' when using Cairo Dock.

Other than that I haven't used it very much however I do like the new wallpapers and the system runs and feels smooth and fast as I have come to expect from Zorin OS.
Looking forward to the final release...
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Re: Zorin OS 11 Feedback

Postby Swarfendor437 » Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:56 pm

MBMz10 wrote:I'll go first then, I installed OS 11 Beta onto real hardware, 3.0Ghz dual core, 4GB RAM, GT520 graphics, and noticed the following:

1.
Changed the theme to "Red-Black" and then installed VLC, the theme didn't look right when I started VLC, the top menu and near the bottom still "white" background with black text.
Not have this issue in OS 10 or 9. VLC version is 2.2.1
Other programs seem to be OK and the interface looks really nice as usual.

2.
No visible way to change "Preferences" in the file browser, having to change the folder layout view every time I use it. OS 10 was the same but I have the "Ultimate" and this can be changed and set via using the "Look" changer.
Not sure if this can be changed using terminal commands. This is a bit of a pain when using Zorin OS 11...

3.
When moving the AWN panel to the top, the border 'line' of the panel is hidden by the "tray" icon area, Network, Sound, Clock, User-name etc. OS 10 and 9 are the same.

4.
Doesn't like the Nvidia driver, 352.63, I get green flashes on screen when moving mouse during Video playback, screen tearing and general not very nice. On the same hardware with OS 9 and 10 no problems.
Default video driver works OK though.

Another thing I have is that I like to use Cairo Dock, on bottom of screen with AWN panel auto hide at the top, and if I try to use the "power" icon in the tray area to shutdown or restart the computer it just logs out, seems Cairo Dock removes or interferes with the systems ability to perform this function. This is the same on OS 9, 10 and the new 11 beta. Not saying it is a fault of Zorin but rather just what I have noticed! That said I have noticed a few other 'bugs' when using Cairo Dock.

Other than that I haven't used it very much however I do like the new wallpapers and the system runs and feels smooth and fast as I have come to expect from Zorin OS.
Looking forward to the final release...


This isn't a reply on your experience of Zorin 11 Beta, more of an observation in respect of running more than one type of Dock in one DE. First off, when you have one Desktop running effectively 2 DE's (Desktop Environments) you are going to get conflict - for example - that indicator-3 applet that sits at the end of AWN contains a link to 'nm-applet' (network manager applet) and you can't have two instances of a process calling on the same resource! ;)

Once you have installed Cairo-Dock it adds another option at the login screen and this is where you should be using Cairo Dock, with Zorin DE in it's own DE - ne'er the twain shall meet!

With Cairo-Dock you can add additional panels at the top and have showing up there what you would have in AWN say, but NOT AWN applets! ;)
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Re: Zorin OS 11 Feedback

Postby blfriis » Wed Jan 27, 2016 4:51 pm

Hi all I have used Zorin 11 beta 64b since the release and I have had no problems at all except the issue with awn and dropbox icon is hidden below the awn, but I just move awn to the top and then down again.
I have had no crash or breakdown not even when I play with Compiz, the 3d windows works, it never worked for me in 9 or 10
So keep up the good work and hats off for you
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Re: Zorin OS 11 Feedback

Postby Swarfendor437 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:07 am

Well, #take my breath away# - Fire Paint is back in Compiz! Woohoo!

Screenshot from 2016-02-10 00-01-22.jpg


If anyone is running Ubuntu 15.10 would love to know if Compiz is back up to speed on that too! ;) :D

But I would not use it - would be curious abut UE and UE-Oz! :D
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Re: Zorin OS 11 Feedback

Postby Swarfendor437 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 10:19 pm

Feedback on Assistive Technology. OK just to reiterate, the Gnome project messed up big time with Gnome 3 when they 'integrated' the screenreader into the DE - this means that customisation for beginners and experienced users cannot be set - but in respect of Zorin, this only works with the Win2k style menu, or YAMA (Yet Another Menu Application) - the problem why it can't really be used at all? No binding of the menu to the Windows Key. There is somewhat of a bitter irony that Makulu has both windows keys bound to the Menu, but if I am honest it is the Cinammon DE that has this, but Makulu has Kingsoft Office (WS Office) which does not work with any screen reader in any OS, (await to here if 'Dave' in VoiceOver in a MAC can read Kingsoft) but certainly in Windows and GNU/Linux Kingsoft Office does not work with any screenreader! Only LibreOffice on Windows and GNU/Linux is compatible with a screenreader in respect of free office suites. I have yet to fully check the Makulu 10 Aero release to see if Accessibility is really functional yet.
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Re: Zorin OS 11 Feedback

Postby Swarfendor437 » Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:18 am

Screenshot from 2016-02-10 22-34-09.jpg


Yes the specs are correct! I always like pushing the boundaries but I did not pursue an install - the above shot was in 'live' mode. I learnt one thing that might assist others.

1. If you have an old rig with a processor not compatible with 'pae' distributions there is a way around it (assuming interface like Ubuntu and other forks on booting from live media) but would not attempt this unless you have 2 Gb RAM.

2. When you see the symbol of little person = keyboard (Accessibility) press the Space Bar - you get the Language selection screen - if your language is selected, press the Escape key then Press 'F6' - Other Options. Choose the first one 'advanced user' and the boot parameter appears at the bottom of the screen - as you type it will add whatever you type at the end of what is already there - here enter 'forcepae' - and it will boot just like in the screenshot - but only having 512 Mb RAM was very slo o o o o w! And the processor got very hot - so do this AT YOUR OWN RISK! :D

Also, just to add, if your menu keeps disappearing behind the panel, right-click it, select Preferences and change appearance from 'Panel' to 'None' - problem solved. ;) :D
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Re: Zorin OS 11 Feedback

Postby DemoneGuardiano » Fri Feb 19, 2016 2:40 pm

Hi everyone, I'm a new member from Italy :D

I discover this distro few weeks ago and after a long period of doubt I choose to install Zorin 11 as second OS in my laptop ( first is windows 10 ).

Although I'm a newbie with Linux the installation is successful on the first attempt and dual boot it worked perfectly.

Yesterday evening the Software Center suggest to perform an update, I decided to do this with the default option.

After the reboot I'm unable to start Zorin, If I choose a normal boot it comes to command line...If I choose the recovery mode it comes to command line.. :shock:

The same behaviour happens if I try to boot with the previously Kernel version, I think it could be a problem related to a misconfiguration of Grub.

I hope there is an alternative solution rather than reinstall the OS, I did some googling but have not solved the problem.

Any suggestion is welcome :mrgreen:

Thanks a lot to everyone !

Ps: There's a Italian forum for this distro ?
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Re: Zorin OS 11 Feedback

Postby Swarfendor437 » Sun Feb 21, 2016 9:47 pm

Hi, Could you tell me if your machine that has Windows 10 is 'EFI' (secure-boot) enabled or was it an upgrade from Windows 7?

There is currently no Italian forum for Zorin - but if you have the resources you could start one! ;) :D
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Re: Zorin OS 11 Feedback

Postby DemoneGuardiano » Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:23 am

Ciao !

The laptop has a clean windows 10 installation, secure boot is disabled.

This weekend I try to investigate on the issue and maybe I've found the problem... This behaviour is related to a modify on the Fstab file, I need to mount some network resources so I've put some entry on the fstab.

I use the same entry previously used on Ubuntu and Linux Mint without problems, maybe with Zorin I've to use different parameters ?

This evening I try to post the line that I used to map this resources, maybe someone could suggest me something :mrgreen:
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