I think I used zorin is with a live USB before when I had Linux mintI've used Zorin a good bit been through several updates and version numbers, I really liked it, it was one of my top favorites. Last time I used it, it was very windows like. More Windows like than any other distro. But I haven't used it in a couple of years so I can't say what's going on now. Just thought I'd drop my two cents in. All you can do is install it and see if you like it.
Ugh, I'm not a GNOME fan. So XFCE in Zorin Lite for me.Core Zorin is in GNOME, the Lite in Xfce.