Intel ARC support?

What's the status on Intel ARC support?

I saw this thread from April:

Anything changed since then?

I'm a Windows user and getting rather fed up with the changes in Windows 11, and Zorin always looked interesting to me, being Ubuntu based (which I'm used to from WSL) and mimicking the traditional Windows UI... something Win 11 is starting to really fail at. :wink:

According to this article, there is a driver for Ubuntu based distros, available here, but only has a jammy version. This means that anyone interested in Zorin will have to wait until 17 is released in order to install and run Zorin on an Intel Arc machine.

While there have been those that have increased their firmware and kernel to jammy versions to support hardware, there is no guarantee this will work.

If you have the time and inclination, you can attempt to add the jammy repos in order to install the dependencies and driver, then remove them to see if you can get the arc driver working in zorin 16. This would be a test, and not recommended for most. But it will help you answer your own question of whether you must wait for 17 or not.

Yeah, this would be my first Linux system, so I'm not that brave or adventurous. :sweat_smile:

So I will probably wait for 17...

Or maybe I will just install Ubuntu... I did one time manage to set up Gnome with a dozen plugins to make something very similar to Windows in terms of desktop, system tray, start menu, etc. - it didn't look like Windows, but the UX was roughly the same...

Of course, I would actually prefer to just buy Zorin and set it all up with a click.

So I might wait for 17... :slightly_smiling_face:

(I know that sounds like I'm contradicting myself, haha... I did one time set up Ubuntu as explained - but I ended up not using that OS for other reasons... terrible hardware support on my laptop back then... this time, I'm looking to run Linux on my workstation.)

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Personally, I find it much easier to emulate the look and feel of Windows OS by using Cinnamon or KDE desktop than Gnome.
Next would be XFCE.
For me, Gnome would be last on my list for trying to emulate Windows. Too much fiddling with too many sensitive third-party extensions. It's like building a house of cards.

KDE has prebuilt themes and layouts that emulate windows flawlessly.

While KDE has many options that can overwhelm, setting up a prebuilt theme and layout is simple and straightforward.

This option also gives you the ability to run both QT and GTK based applications.