David Galloway shares … Zorin is a Linux OS That Looks and Behaves Like Windows7
I thought Ubuntu was Linux for moms and dads, but this seems even more parent-friendly. Get it here.
If you're building a computer for a relative or friend and wish to avoid the cost of Windows 7 you might look into Zorin—the Linux OS' elements such as the taskbar, file system, start menu, and desktop all work just like in Windows. This combined with Zorin having the WINE Windows Emulator preinstalled means that the end user can install Windows programs easily. I downloaded the ISO (around 1.14GB), burning a DVD of the ISO, and running the OS from my optical drive. The OS performed well, as you'd expect from running it from the disc. Windows emulated worked well, and although the familiar copyrighted logos are missing otherwise it looks and runs just like Windows7 for average computing tasks.
In addition to WINE Zorun also comes with Play-On-Linux, another Windows emulator I'm not very familiar with. The OS also includes lots of standard open-source/freeware apps and there is a Software Center that functions just like the Ubuntu Software Center but with a slightly smaller catalog.
You can also change the look of GUI from the "Look Changer" in the control center to mimic Windows XP, Vista, Mac OS X, or a vanilla Linux GNOME interface. Zorin's Background Plus makes it easy to use a video file or screensaver as your background.