I have asked some time ago whether you have some thread where we can put our suggestions for next releases. As I got no answer, I am putting it here, hope this is a correct threat for that.
After installing and tinkering little bit with Zorin OS, these are the things I sorely miss in out-of-the-box installation.
It would be good to add them in subsequent Zorin releases.
Please note, that I will not list things which are unnecessary or too specific for certain users (like programs for video or sound editing, etc.), rather things which are industry standard and are missing from the get go.
Do take this as a constructive criticism, because otherwise this is very pleasant Linux distro to use, one that I recommend widely.
I am using Zorin Core 16.1
1.) Lid closing behavior
There is no UI setting for this, you have to do it through CLI. Definitely should be added.
sudo gedit /etc/systemd/logind.conf - it opens file for editing
In that file, find the line: "#HandleLidSwitch=suspend" and modify it ot one of the options below:
HandleLidSwitch=poweroff, shutdown / power off when lid is closed
HandleLidSwitch=hibernate, hibernate when lid is closed (need to test if hibernate works)
HandleLidSwitch=ignore, do nothing
HandleLidSwitch=suspend, suspend laptop when lid is closed
Save the file (Ctrl+S) and restart the service through:
systemctl restart systemd-logind.service
2.) Always on Top
Always on Top is by default present, but if you wanna use keyboard shortcut, you have to tinker with it.
Again, this should be premapped already OR available amongst the keyboard shortcuts for users to map.
As it stands, it is not, and you have to do the following:
sudo apt-get install wmctrl
Settings/Keyboard Shortcuts/Add Custom Shortcut (press the plus at the end):
Name: Always on Top
Command: mctrl -r :ACTIVE: -b toggle,above
Shortcut: Ctrl + Space
3.) Alt+Shift keyobard shortcut to switch keyboard layout
Again, possibility to map key combinations to switch keyboard are present, but for some reason, it is impossible to map Alt+Shift together, not without tinkering.
Since this is widely used shortcut, just like CTRL+S, I see no reason to not include it for users as an option to choose from.
Currently, this is what I had to do:
- sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool
- Launch "Tweaks" and go to Keyboard & Mouse/Additional Layout
- Go to Options/Switching to another layout, here check "Alt+Shift"
13.) Date Format
The most baffling omission for me. I scoured the UI menu from tip to toe and found no way to format dates, apart from very rudimentary option or two.
There definitely should be some options for users to choose from.
I overcame this shortage like this:
- Install Clock Override from here:
Date Menu Formatter - GNOME Shell Extensions
- Start/Extensions - under "Manually installed" will be Clock Override as well
- execute it and set the format to your liking, In my case:
hh:mm \n dd/MM/YY
Hope those responsible will read this.