When comparing Zorin OS vs Salient OS, the Slant community recommends Zorin OS for most people. In the question“What are the best Linux distributions for Xfce?” Zorin OS is ranked 15th while Salient OS is ranked 25th.
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Pro Good Selection of pre-installed software
New users may be unaware of what software is available for Linux, but Zorin includes a good selection for everyday tasks out of the box.
Pro Windows desktop style
The desktop UI was made to resemble Windows 7, but alternative settings are available.
Zorin is compatible with Ubuntu's sizable repositories of Free Software.
Pro Bundles tools for changing the look and feel of the distribution
Zorin includes look changer and theme changer.
Pro Partial Windows compatibility
Zorin includes WINE and PlayOnLinux to run many Windows applications and games.
Pro Installer can set up dual boot
Pro Ubuntu got too big
Ubuntu uses too much resources, Zorin uses less.
Pro Accessibility features
Pro Zorin Connect
Allows syncing notifications with your phone.
Pro Low resources consumption
Pro Customized and great performance
Its really good customized, and the performance was the best of my laptop 2 gb ram 50 Gb ROM.
Pro Fast, Nvidia versions
No need to install Nvidia, detected out of the box, blazingly fast.
Pro Higly customizable to tiny details via KDE settings and preinstalled Kvantum engine
Super fast and stable. Dolphin root restrictions can be solved with yust few clicks. Easy installation via Calamares , and preinstalled packages are awesome. Salient OS is a huge competitor to Manjaro both KDE & XFCE.
Con Limited desktop styles in Free Version
All free editions only offer Windows XP, 2000, and 7 and Gnome 2. You have to pay $9-10 in order to get Unity (Ubuntu) and Mac OS X themes.
Con Even with v16 Pro, zero tech support replies
Do not pay for Pro. You’re supposed to get tech support with your $39 purchase. After contacting them a few months ago about the inability to install build tools due to their wonky custom versions, to date there has been no answer. You could find a friend and get them to send you the theme and look packages. The rest is all available easily in the Ubuntu catalog.
Con Dead Distro
There have been no updates since 2021.
Con No torrent downloads
The download from Soundforge takes too long. If there was a torrent, like other Arch based distros, this wouldn't be a problem.