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Zorin OS 15.1 is Released: A Better Way to Work, Learn and Play

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Just over 6 months ago, we launched Zorin OS 15, our most advanced and refined operating system ever. Since then, it’s been downloaded over 550,000 times around the world. Over 65% of these downloads were coming from Windows and macOS, reflecting our mission to bring the power of Linux to people who’ve never had access to it before. We would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of you for making this release as big and impactful as it has been.

Today, we’re excited to announce that Zorin OS is getting even better with the release of version 15.1. We’ve paid close attention to your feedback and worked hard to make the desktop experience better for work, learning, playing, and everything in between. We’ve focused on making the desktop feel even more familiar and user-friendly to new users, especially those moving away from Windows 7 leading up to the end of its support in one month.

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Also: Zorin OS 15.1 Released with Better Microsoft Office Compatibility, GameMode

Zorin OS 15.1 Released with LibreOffice 6.3, Dark Mode Scheduling

Zorin OS 15.1 Linux distro is ready to replace Microsoft's dying

  • Zorin OS 15.1 Linux distro is ready to replace Microsoft's dying Windows 7 on your PC

    Windows 7's death is imminent -- support for the popular operating system ends next month on January 14, making it extremely dangerous to use from a security standpoint after that date. This is very unfortunate for the millions of computer users that don't want to switch to the much-maligned Windows 10. Thankfully, in 2019, you don't have to run Windows anymore -- Linux is a totally legitimate option for both business and home use these days. Hell, even the Windows-maker sees the writing on the wall -- the company recently released its wildly popular Office 365 program, Microsoft Teams, for Linux.

Meet The Linux Desktop OS That Mac And Windows Users Keep

  • Meet The Linux Desktop OS That Mac And Windows Users Keep Downloading — But Why?

    The Zorin Group has released a point update to the beautiful beginner-friendly Linux distro Zorin OS 15, and while not substantial it does ship with a few nice improvements worth mentioning below. But the real headline, at least in my opinion, is the visibility Zorin OS is enjoying with Mac and Windows users. In the release announcement, the Zorin group shares that within 6 months Zorin OS 15 has been downloaded 550,000 times, and that a surprising 65% of those downloads come from macOS or Windows machines.

    More than half a million downloads may seem trivial when compared to the large user-base for Windows and Macs, but for a boutique Linux distribution — in a sea of literally hundreds — this seems worthy of celebration

Zorin OS 15.1 has been released with great new improvements

  • Zorin OS 15.1 has been released with great new improvements

    I made my first steps in the Linux world hand in hand with my good old friend Linux Mint. The reason was that the Linux Mint distribution is very newbie friendly but also good for professional use, incredibly easy to install and setup and many important and useful functionalities are already available out-of-the-box. Linux Mint makes it more easy for beginners to make the switch compared to other Linux distributions. And while Linux Mint was my favorite distro for a couple of years and I think it is still a great distribution, I feel that it mainly pleases former Windows users due to the chosen UI design language and way of working. But there is another easily accessible, friendly and beautiful Linux distribution that will appeal not only to former Windows users but to former macOS users as well, and that has some great special features that Linux Mint doesn’t offer straight out of the box. That is, in my opinion, Zorin OS. I really lost my heart to this distribution because it looks fantastic, can be visually set up via simple adjustments to appeal both Windows and macOS users, offers a lot of robust functionality that is already present after installation, has nice integration with your mobile device and offers many user-friendly and health friendly functionalities which makes this distribution rise above others. I am very enthusiastic about Zorin OS so I am really excited that yesterday the Zorin team released Zorin OS 15.1. Let’s see what it has to offer.

Zorin 15.1 released with improved Office compatibility

  • Zorin 15.1 released with improved Office compatibility, and Game mode

    It’s been more than half a year since the release of Zorin 15, but now the new point release of this operating system is finally here with plenty of new features and improvements that are sure to get the users excited.

    Not too long ago, Zorin 15 was made available to the general public. So, before discussing the new point release, it only makes sense to highlight the features of Zorin 15, as most of them would be included in Zorin 15.1.

    The Ubuntu-based operating system accompanies a Windows-like appearance, which it’s most famous for. When it comes to its features, it also sports a new touch mode, auto dark theme support, and Zorin Connect (which connects your computer to your phone and allows you to control your cursor through your phone and do a bunch of other cool stuff). The operating system is also available in Lite flavor, which you can get to know more about here.

Zorin OS 15.1 Run Through

Zorin OS 15.1 Linux Distro Released With GameMode & Other...

  • Zorin OS 15.1 Linux Distro Released With GameMode & Other Features

    Zorin OS is a Linux distro that has been developed with the aim of bringing the power of Linux to those who are shifting from Windows and macOS. To prove this, Zorin OS 15, which was released 6 months ago, had 65% downloads from users coming from macOS or Windows platform. Now the Zorin Group has released the latest version of the distro – Zorin OS 15.1.

    Like its predecessor, Zorin OS 15.1 aims to make the desktop experience user-friendly especially for those who are migrating from Windows 7 with its end of support due in a month.

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