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Zorin OS 16 Enters Beta with Stunning New Look, Faster and Smoother Performance

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Promising to be the "most advanced release ever," Zorin OS 16 is based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) and features a revamped look and feel to make the transition from Windows to Linux easier and more enjoyable, as the main goal of Zorin OS remains to be the number one MS Windows alternative for Linux newcomers.

The new look of Zorin OS 16 consists of a new theme that's easier on the eyes and features beautiful animations, new artwork and wallpapers, as well as revamped lock screen that features a blurred version of the desktop background.

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Much-Anticipated Zorin OS 16 is Available for Beta Testing With

  • Much-Anticipated Zorin OS 16 is Available for Beta Testing With A Stunning New Look

    Zorin OS 16 was one of my picks for distributions to look out for in 2021. They always do something interesting with every major upgrade, and it looks like Zorin OS 16 is going to be an exciting release to talk about.

    The Zorin team announced the availability of Zorin OS 16 (based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS) beta along with all the new features that come with it.

    Here, I will mention the highlights of the new release along with a video tour (with the download link at the bottom).

Zorin OS 16 Beta Linux distro is here, with Microsoft Windows 10

  • Zorin OS 16 Beta Linux distro is here, with Microsoft Windows 10X mode coming soon

    A lot of people hate Windows 10, but I think it is actually quite good. With that said, I'd much rather use a Linux distribution such as Ubuntu or Fedora. With Linux, I feel more safe and secure. No operating system in infallible, but bad guys are more likely to write malware for Windows. Not to mention, Microsoft does "spy" on its users with extreme telemetry. Ultimately, with Linux, I feel like I own my computer. Conversely, with Windows, it can feel like Microsoft owns my PC.

    Understandably, switching from Windows to Linux can be a scary affair, but it doesn't have to be. Some Linux distributions look a bit like Windows, so there is a degree of familiarity. Not to mention, with so much being done in the web browser nowadays, the underlying operating system becomes less important. In other words, just having Google Chrome available makes Linux a viable option for most home users these days.

Zorin OS 16 beta claims largest built-in app library...

  • Zorin OS 16 beta claims largest built-in app library 'of any open source desktop ever'

    Zorin OS 16 Linux has moved into beta, promising improved performance and a more extensive application Store covering Flathub and Snap as well as old-style repositories.

    Zorin is a Linux distribution aimed at switchers from Windows or Mac, and endeavours to offer a polished user experience and a minimum of fuss. It is offered in both free and commercial versions, with the paid-for Ultimate Edition priced at £39 ($53), and free Core, Lite and Education editions.

    The Lite edition uses the XFCE minimalist desktop, while the others have a custom GNOME-based desktop GUI. The extras in the Ultimate edition are additional desktop layouts, one imitating macOS, additional bundled applications and games, and installation support. A note on “why does it cost” puts the emphasis on supporting the project rather than the value to the user.

Zorin OS 16 gets a Beta

  • Zorin OS 16 gets a Beta with 'the largest library of apps' available on any Linux desktop

    The Zorin team are making some bold claims with the release of the Ubuntu-based Zorin OS 16 Beta that anyone can go ahead and try out now. It sure does look slick!

    Featuring a brand new look for their GNOME-based desktop, Zorin OS 16 is quite easy on the eyes - as long as you like everything bright that is. With a sleek white look it's definitely eye-grabbing, along with a blue accent which you can customize. Zorin OS definitely screams "look at me!".


    Interestingly, their monetization model for supporting their work is a little like another Ubuntu-based distribution elementary OS. You can pay to download it, or pay nothing. However, Zorin OS does it a little differently. They offer up for normal desktop users a Core (free) download with the usual stuff and a Ultimate (paid) edition that comes with a few extras.

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  • This upcoming Linux distro will make your system look like Windows 10X

    If you love the look of Windows 10X but don't want to run it on your PC, you may be in luck. An upcoming Linux distro looks to emulate the look and feel of Windows 10X while keeping the features people enjoy from Linux. The Windows10X-esque update will be available in Zorin OS 16 Ultimate, which will be available as a stable release this summer.

    We don't have many images of the upcoming Zorin OS 16 Ultimate, but the one we do have shows off a centralized Start Menu along the taskbar. Zorin also states that the distro will adapt well to computers with touchpads, mice, or touchscreens.

Zorin OS 16 Core Beta

  • Zorin OS 16 Core Beta

    Today we are looking at Zorin OS 16 Core Beta. It comes with Linux Kernel 5.8, Gnome 3.36, based on Ubuntu 20.04, and uses about 1.3 - 1.5 GB of ram when idling. Enjoy!

  • Zorin OS 16 Core Beta Run Through

    In this video, we are looking at Zorin OS 16 Core Beta.

Latest coverage of ZorinOS 16 Beta (+ZorinOS 16 Beta Review)

  • Zorin OS 16 Beta Released

    According to the announcement, “Zorin OS 16 has been refreshed with a revamped and refined appearance out of the box. We’ve introduced a new, more polished default theme that’s easier on the eyes.”

    Speed was a main focus for this release, so the desktop is now dramatically faster on a range of hardware. “Performance optimizations have been made at every level of the operating system, from the kernel to the desktop environment,” the announcement says.

  • Introducing Zorin OS 16: Test the Beta Today

    Zorin OS 16 has been refreshed with a revamped and refined appearance out of the box. We’ve introduced a new, more polished default theme that’s easier on the eyes. You’ll find detailed touches and delightful animations throughout the system that elevate your computing experience.


    You’ll notice that even more apps are available to install from the Software store in Zorin OS 16 than ever before. This is thanks to the addition of the Flathub repository to Zorin OS out of the box. Flathub is the de-facto standard repository from where to get apps using the Flatpak package format. It has flourished into a huge ecosystem of apps and games from many independent developers, as well as software directly from big names like Spotify, Zoom, and Mojang.

    Now Zorin OS comes pre-loaded with the app catalogs of Flathub, the Snap store, and the Ubuntu & Zorin OS APT repositories, as well as the capability to install .deb & AppImage packages and Windows apps (optionally using WINE). Thanks to this, Zorin OS 16 has the largest library of apps available out-of-the-box of any Open Source desktop ever.

  • ZorinOS 16 Beta Review: A Real Windows 10 Replacement With Amazing Looks

    Ubuntu 20.04-based Zorin OS 16 is looking to be a solid release. The UI overhaul gave it a clean looks and the newly added animations give it the oomph. Several other subtle changes make it one of the best Linux distributions of 2021.

Here's why Zorin OS is worth recommending - Zorin OS 16 Beta

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