Zorin 17 is an Update not an Upgrade

Calling Zorin 17 an upgrade seems to be deceptive. After paying the $48 I upgraded from 16 Pro last night to 17 Pro expecting to see two things:

  1. The performance boost promised by the developers.
  2. At least some visual indication of an upgrade by virtue of improvements to the user-interface.

Here is what I observed following a flawless transition:

  1. Virtually no change in performance: a) My 12-year-old Gateway dual core machine on boot is unavailable for a full three (3) minutes while the start-up processes hammers the two cores to 100%. It seems about a minute longer than before, but that could have been due to the installation being configured for the first time.

  2. Almost worse, the "upgrade" did nothing to manage Chrome's absolute abuse of system resources, for example, opening up to eight (8) instances of 'crash-pad-handler', which adds another 3-4 minutes of wait time until the machine is available for use.

  3. Not a single change to the U.I. is observed, other than maybe the window labels appear to have a little higher resolution. In other words, it's the same product as its predecessor - an update, not a upgrade.

Overall Zorin, in my opinion, is the best of the Linux distros, and I'm happy to continue supporting it. But I'm disappointed in the performance promise not being delivered. Maybe with 18, fellas?

Is carburettor spelt differently over the pond? Whilst 17 offers lower demands on RAM requirements, a 12 year old machine is going to struggle with a heavy DE. You might get a better performance with xfce which Zorin Lite uses which is not yer available but would expect its release in the next few weeks. If you have paid for the Pro version you also get the Lite version too, it just isn't out yet. I have a machine my Good lady uses from 2006, an MSI motherboard maxed out at 2 Gb RAM, an AMD Athlon 64 single processor and an EVGA 256 Mb 8x AGP (nVidia based) graphics card, currently running MX-Linux 21.2 xfce 'Wildflower'.

Sorry to hear you are under the weather friend. Get well soon!


Thanks for the thoughtful reply. Agree, my expectations may be too high, although my machine exceeds the advertised minimum specs for Zorin 17, including an Intel SSD and 4GB RAM. It was my late wife's computer, so it has sentimental value to me. Even with the slow boot up it exceeds the performance of the previous Windows versions (7 and then 10). I'll carry on. Thanks again.

Is using Zorin OS Lite an option for it?

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