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Installing ZorinOS 15.1 Education - Experience Post

PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:33 pm
by AlbertoBN
Attached is a blog post on how I managed to convince a school and install ZorinOS 15.1 Education (including setting up Veyon but this is not in the post). And how at the last moment I switched from Manjaro Linux to ZorinOS and also felt confident about it..

https://www.albertobarnoy.blog/2020/01/reviving-old-hardware-en-mass-or-how-i.html

If anyone is reluctant to do the same (and in fact ditch Windows) you may contact me on my experience or even ask for any help in PM or the forums.
By the way the community was a major factor on the decision so it is time to give back rather earlier than later.

The pilot I made will be followed by another 30 machines especially now that Windows 7 goes belly up.
Also if you are not using any right to left languages you are even better off with Libre Office vs MS Office compatibility.
Enjoy and ask away. I will be more than happy to assist and learn new things even in remote.

Re: Installing ZorinOS 15.1 Education - Experience Post

PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:29 pm
by Swarfendor437
This was too important to be buried in the How-To's and Tutorials Section of the forum, especially as we are nearing 20.01.2020 and the end of Windows 7 support. :D :D :D

Re: Installing ZorinOS 15.1 Education - Experience Post

PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:10 pm
by carloseguez
Are you using some way to clone the installation for the other computers? Or will be clean installation for each one?

I ask because we are planning to deploy 50 Zorin OS Desktops, but while we do all the test for applications and usability for our users, we can install computers, but for 50 we need to clone instead of installing one by one, but we have had no success by now using clonezilla and software like that, so any recommendation is welcome.

Greetings from Bolivia, South America.

Re: Installing ZorinOS 15.1 Education - Experience Post

PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:12 am
by Swarfendor437
carloseguez wrote:Are you using some way to clone the installation for the other computers? Or will be clean installation for each one?

I ask because we are planning to deploy 50 Zorin OS Desktops, but while we do all the test for applications and usability for our users, we can install computers, but for 50 we need to clone instead of installing one by one, but we have had no success by now using clonezilla and software like that, so any recommendation is welcome.

Greetings from Bolivia, South America.


Hi, and Welcome, Hola!
I would advise you to sign up for the upcoming Zorin Grid:

https://zorinos.com/grid/
;) :D

Re: Installing ZorinOS 15.1 Education - Experience Post

PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:11 pm
by AlbertoBN
carloseguez wrote:Are you using some way to clone the installation for the other computers? Or will be clean installation for each one?

I ask because we are planning to deploy 50 Zorin OS Desktops, but while we do all the test for applications and usability for our users, we can install computers, but for 50 we need to clone instead of installing one by one, but we have had no success by now using clonezilla and software like that, so any recommendation is welcome.

Greetings from Bolivia, South America.


Hi there @carlozequez!
I apologize for the late response. Next time PM me for specifics, I will be glad to help.
I am using clonezilla and I am cloning the entire disk. So in that respect find the smallest disk in your setup and back it up as a disk and not as a partition. When in restoring to larger disks you just have to go in and resize the partition after installation. Or make a new partition with the unallocated space via the Disks app. . Your choice really. BTW all settings on clonezilla are left on beginner level.

Or wait for Zorin Grid. I have gathered critical mass and momentum and stopping now will be a huge loss but I plan to adopt Zorin Grid to manage the whole thing down the road.

Re: Installing ZorinOS 15.1 Education - Experience Post

PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:17 pm
by AlbertoBN
Exciting news!!! Kids find Zorin easier to navigate than Windows! And I am trying to make them interested in Scratch and PyGame

Re: Installing ZorinOS 15.1 Education - Experience Post

PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:09 pm
by albano
Hi Alberto, thanks for your experience with Zorin Os!
We waiting new feedback from you your students, and your colleagues!
Regards,

Albano ;)

Re: Installing ZorinOS 15.1 Education - Experience Post

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:28 pm
by AlbertoBN
Well the feedback is... They love it! 0 complains. Teachers adopted it very fast. The only hitches I have are minor keyboard shortcut issues all solvable with gnome tweaks.

Re: Installing ZorinOS 15.1 Education - Experience Post

PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:51 pm
by Swarfendor437
Hi, Can we take it that it is Zorin 15 in use Alberto? ;)

Re: Installing ZorinOS 15.1 Education - Experience Post

PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 1:40 pm
by AlbertoBN
In full use beyond my wildest dreams! They use it at a class with 10 laptops for group work and at an 18 seat computer lab. Teachers are not scared of it, children are not scared of it. The district education inspector said we are the first middle school in the country to adopt Linux and after hearing the feedback they consider bringing over IT specialists from other cities and councils to learn from us :)