I have a charity where I donate computers to people in need. I’ve donated about 75 computers this year, and most the time I give them Zorin OS. I like how it can run windows programs out of the box, and how it works on older hardware.
I’ve recently stumbled across a large group of Ukrainian refugees that need computers. I’d love to give them Zorin, but the big Z at the front is deterring me.
Is there a way to swap the Z for the text Zorin logo? I wish there was a quick option I could toggle for this in the Zorin themes.
I read another post about this a few months ago, and I saw that a lot of you weren’t really sympathetic. However, its Just a sticky situation. I want to give them computers they can trust. The Z is now the logo of a dictatorship that is not very good with privacy.
Many of us are sympathetic to the plight of Ukraine and strongly support Ukraines defense against the unjust Russian Invasion.
Many of us also pointed out the fallacy of comparing the Zorin Logo to the "Z" spotted on some Russian Equipment -- they look nothing alike.
Just about every logo - Procter & Gamble is a good example; is confused with cults or satanism or other Conspiracy Claims.
And the only satisfactory measured response is to ... ignore it.
There is not... However, in the past, I created a series of Zorin Theme based themes called Zenith which users can directly install on Zorin OS. They match the Zorin Theme exactly except that they allow larger Window Border Grab areas for the XFWM4 window manager.
I can probably do a similar run with the Zorin Icon theme which replaces the Zorin Logo (App menu icon) with something that does not contain a "Z" in them.
These icon themes would be installable with a sudo apt install command. You can them apply that theme on a Zorin .iso with CloneZilla to install on all computers (You may wish to also include the repository in the sources to ensure any updates to the set are received.
I certainly see your point. From a Global Perspective, there is no reason to change the Zorin Logo - as it is unaffiliated with and unrelated to Russia.
However, for a machine going directly to Ukraine and to users who never heard of Zorin OS... It may be a bit too much.
All we need is a Design for a new Icon... And we can name the set "Zenith-icons"...
With rounded corners (both drawn in Inkscape as .svg)
Without rounded corners
Just a novice suggestion ^ I was thinking of a similar appearance to Zorins "Z", but was not an obvious Z and Zorin OS's reputation for Speed and Performance and thought of a Lightning Logo.
The styles with stylization are quite different, too.
There are more examples... But I'd rather not keep posting them.
The point is, at the origin of the invasion, the "Z" Symbol was often spotted as a tall and narrow bare letter Z. It was most likely used for identifying side and unit...
But in the time since, it has become more and more politicized as a standing symbol.
In the process of this, the original appearance has changed and more so - become less relevant as to the appearance, size or shape. All that has come to matter is that it is a "Z" of some form.
It brings to mind what the Swast-ka used to mean (A symbol of good fortune, well-being and peace) and what it now means to most people due to subversion of a Symbol (I need not say... we all know...)
It is unfair.
Yet, this is how it is.
Perhaps it sadly is time to review the Zorin OS Logo. It is unfair... but the world is unfair.
You can edit the source file and replace the logo with any other logo you may want. But come on bro! is it really necessary?! Those two logos isn't the same tho!
I don't know if it is possible to edit the iso file and change the logo because I have never thought about it o never tried it. But if it is possible then your job will be quick and easy. Otherwise, you have to change the logo manually on each computer.