Zorin OS 16.1 was released with security patches, new software and the team aims for a better cause.
Zorin OS is popular because it gives the perfect starting point for Windows users in their Linux journey. Thanks to its simple design, elegant selection of packages and out of the box Windows looks, it’s one of the popular and sought after Linux Distribution today for all users.
Coming after almost two months since Zorin OS 16, this first point release is now available for download and upgrades for those who are already running the 16.0 version.
Zorin OS 16.1 – What’s New
Zorin OS 16.1 brings obvious up to date security patches for your system with goodies such as LibreOffice 7.3 office suites and several updated packages.
If you just bought a new Laptop or set up a new gaming workstation, Zorin OS 16.1 also comes with support for Sony’s PlayStation 5 Dual Sense game controller and Apple’s Magic Mouse 2. Plus, you get excellent support for Intel 12th Gen processors and NVIDIA RTX 3050 graphics cards.
Moreover, Zorin devs promise better support for Wi-Fi cars and printers thanks to the latest packages.
Here’s a quick summary of this minor release’s updated packages and applications.
- Based on Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS
- Zorin Desktop is based on GNOME 3.38.4
- LibreOffice 7.3
- Firefox 98
- Linux Kernel 5.13
- GIMP 2.10.18
- Evolution Email client
Full detail is available here if you care to dig deep into the changes.
So, where to download?
Before you hit download, you should know that it has a “Pro” version with additional themes and out of the box settings worth $39. And the “Core” version is completely free to download. You can read the comparison between “Pro” and “Core” on the download page.
In my opinion, the Core version should be sufficient, and if you are experienced enough, you can change the settings to make it a Pro version. So we recommend the Core version for general use.
Just so you know, if you purchase the Pro version this time (within March 17), you will be helping war-torn Ukraine as the profits foes to humanitarian aid via charities.