Zorin OS 16.2 makes it even easier to install Windows apps, and now uses the Ubuntu 22.03 kernel

Zorin OS 16.2

This week, an acquaintance asked me what he could install on a laptop that can no longer update its version of Windows. I answered, of course, that some version of Linux, specifically one that still supports 32 bits, and one of the options is an older version of what they have released today. And it is that this afternoon the launch of Zorin OS 16.2, a version that, by the way, no longer supports 32bits.

This release comes a year after Zorin OS 16, and about five months after 16.1. It is an update that refines what exists in past versions, among what is now it is easier to install windows applications. The support can be activated from the menu/system tools/Windows Application Support.

Other news in Zorin OS 16.2

Zorin OS 16.2 enhances the office experience, introducing alternatives to open source Microsoft fonts. Continuing with office automation, 16.2 includes the latest version of LibreOffice, namely the 7.4 series. In addition, applications have been updated to newer versions, including Firefox.

On the other hand, the support of Zorin Connect. Among the new features, battery statistics are shared with the linked phone. Other things you can do now with Zorin Connect:

  • Send the phone clipboard with a single tap from the phone app home screen.
  • Option to show notifications on the computer only if the phone screen is off.
  • Add loop and shuffle controls to Media Control (for supported media players).
  • Allow action setting for left clicks in Remote Input.
  • New "About" screen.

In this version, aesthetic tweaks have been added, such as the flan effect of the windows, and security has been improved, as well as compatibility with new hardware. And it is that Zorin OS 16.2 uses Ubuntu kernel 22.04, that is, Linux 5.15.

Existing users can now upgrade from the same operating system. The new image is available at this link.

Image and font, Zorin's blog.

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