Zorin OS 16 arrives based on Ubuntu 20.04.3, improved performance and some new apps

Zorin OS 16

A week ago we talk to you of a change that would come to this Linux distribution that tries to seduce Windows users to bring them to this world. The change was in name, leaving behind the Ultimate label to use the Pro after the operating system. This change would take effect with the launch of Zorin OS 16, and the moment has come a few moments ago, just like announced the project on its website.

Zorin OS 16 is the new major version that arrives two years after v15. Its developers say it is a huge leap forward that refines every level of the operating system, from how it looks to how it works. Here is a summary list of these changes; to read it in detail it is better to visit the official note, or try it in any of its forms.

Zorin OS 16 Highlights

  • Based on Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS.
  • Supported until April 2025.
  • New more attractive and refined theme.
  • New Windows 11 style theme, only for Zorin OS 16 Pro.
  • Several backgrounds on the same scene to use depending on the time of day.
  • The lock screen now shows a blurred version of the wallpaper.
  • Faster and better performance.
  • Simpler "tour".
  • Gestures on the touchpad: sliding 4 fingers up to switch between workflows; pinching with three fingers will enter open activities.
  • Flathub enabled by default.
  • It now comes with a built-in database that detects the most popular Windows installation files, so the system can guide us through the installation process.
  • New app to record sounds.
  • Improved task bar, now showing the information better and being more customizable.
  • Jelly mode.
  • Fractional scaling for high resolution displays.
  • Use and install the latest NVIDIA drivers directly in the .iso file.
  • Ability to easily join an Active Directory domain from the system installer.
  • Better fingerprint reader compatibility with easier setup.
  • New Photos app for easier photo management.
  • Displays a QR code to easily connect devices to your computer's Wi-Fi access point.
  • The Settings app now has a revamped category layout that's easier to navigate.
  • Ability to easily create application folders in the application grid by dragging over each other (only in Touch, macOS and Ubuntu desktop layouts).
  • Disabling built-in tracking and telemetry in Firefox by default for a more privacy-friendly web browsing experience.
  • Flicker-free boot experience (on supported hardware).
  • Encrypted installations can now create a recovery key.
  • Improved support for the latest hardware.

Interested users can now download Zorin OS 16 and its Pro version from this link.


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  1.   hfrr said

    I would like to know how it is possible that it is based on Ubuntu 20.04.3, when 20.04.3 has not yet come out, you go to the Ubuntu download page and the maximum there is to download is 20.04.2, I use xubuntu and I update regularly and I am also on 20.04.2 so ...

    1.    pablinux said

      It is what they put, I have not tried it. Possible is because there are Daily Builds https://cdimage.ubuntu.com/focal/daily-live/current/

      A greeting.