Longtime Zorin user here. Been playing around with it ever since Zorin OS 8 (9?), many years ago. Haven't visited the Forum for quite some time, certainly not since the Forum 're-vamp' - which I like, BTW!
Switched to Linux back in Summer '14, after XP went EOL. Went through the usual 'distro-hopping' phase, like all noobs do. At the time was running an elderly Compaq Presario desktop tower PC, with just 3 GB DDR1 RAM. Came to the eventual conclusion that all mainstream distros/re-spins/re-masters, etc, were really too heavy for the old girl, so have been a regular 'Puppy' user for the last 6-6 1/2 years.
(I moderate over at the new Puppy Forum, and also at BleepingComputer. I don't consider myself any sort of an 'expert', by any means; more like the 'eternal noob', since most of the time there's usually summat new to get yr head around.....but I like helping folk out where I can.)
Out of all the mainstream distros, however, the only one I ever really liked was Zorin; I just love Kyril & Artyom's approach to stuff! To that end, I've always maintained an up-to-date full install on a USB 3.0 flash drive (SanDisk Ultra 'Fit' 128 GB.) Currently posting from Zorin 'Core' 16.....
Now then; question time.
What's with the ethernet connection stuff these days? I understand Zorin 16 is based on 'Focal Fossa', yes? We had ethernet 'issues' with the Puppy spin on 'Bionic Beaver' (Bionicpup64), 'cos it was the first one where the new interface naming convention was introduced, but the current Puppy 'flagship', Fossapup64, has been as smooth as silk ever since it was first produced; no connection problems at all.
Fortunately, my current rig - an HP Pavilion midi-tower - is one of these new-fangled contraptions that has wireless as well as ethernet.....and that's what I'm connected on right now. For some reason, the Realtek r8169 module is recognised by the kernel; it comes up as 'Ethernet connected', but.....there's NO actual connection, y'know?
UFW is active and set-up correctly.....but if I try switching over to ethernet, Slimjet insists it "can't connect".
Any ideas, amigos?