Zorin OS Releases a "Lite" Version

by Ostatic Staff - Jul. 26, 2011

If your computer has put on a few pounds and needs to fit into a sleek new case, Zorin OS developers have released their "great taste, less filling" edition. Actually, Zorin OS 5 "Lite" is a more conservative version of their desktop system that's designed for older computers.

Zorin OS Lite is based on Lubuntu and features the LXDE desktop. Wine, VLC, and some games were removed and many other applications were switched for lighter alternatives in order to fit on a single CD and increase performance. Since it was designed with older computers in mind, it's only available in the 32-bit variety.

LXDE has become one of the most popular minimalist desktops lately surpassing the *boxes and probably giving Xfce a run for its money. Its developers description say it best:

The "Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment" is an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment. Maintained by an international community of developers, it comes with a beautiful interface, multi-language support, standard keyboard short cuts and additional features like tabbed file browsing. LXDE uses less CPU and less RAM than other environments. It is especially designed for cloud computers with low hardware specifications, such as, netbooks, mobile devices (e.g. MIDs) or older computers.

Zorin Lite comes with GNU Paint and Simple Scan, Google and Pidgin, Abiword and Gnumeric, and Audacious and Xfburn. It comes with accessories like Leafpad and PCManFM as well as lots of system tools like a firewall configurator, Synaptic, and GParted. Zorin includes several of their own tools as well. These includes their Browser Manager, Control Center, and Look Changer.

So, if you have an older or underpowered computer, maybe Zorin OS Lite, the "lightweight version ...designed for Windows users using old and low-spec computers" can help you out.

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