Forcing me to delete gnome and necessary things in order to reinstall depedencies


what do i do?

sudo dpkg --force depends -P libcrypt20-:i386

sudo apt remove -f libgcrypt20

sudo apt clean && sudo apt autoremove

sudo dpkg --configure -a

sudo apt install --reisntall zorin-os-desktop

We must be very careful as users to not break our systems by trying to install packages that depend on versions that we cannot install.

Untangling it after the fact - becomes exactly as difficult as you are experiencing here.

I recommend reinstalling Zorin OS.

how do i upgrade to zorin os 17? it does not appear in the upgrade software

Please see this thread:

Yes, we should have checked the Sources - I am embarrassed that I did not think of it right away.
If a Jammy Repository is still added in the Zorin OS 16 Build, this would explain the repeated difficulty.

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how do i backup the app data i installed from the zorin app store?

If you are staying on Zorin OS 16:

If you are moving up to Zorin OS 17; then some of the above may still be helpful. Not all that you installed on 16 may still be maintained in Zorin OS 17 and the Jammy Jellyfish repos.
So, I would just run the

sudo dpkg -l | awk '/^ii/ { print $2 }' >package-list

And then install only the maintained packages in the list.

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