Is ZorinOS Ultimate worth it?

What I can say about zorin Lite is that (Stable and lightweight) I don’t care how hard it is to use, we have internet we have Google, solutions are everywhere. I’m used in Gnome DE, I didn’t expect that zorin Lite will be using xfce. I just installed it because Google told me that it is lightweight and based in Ubuntu 18.04, I don’t know how to use it at first, because it is completely different from gnome! I like tinkering on my system so I get used to it in 3 days, in addition I’m not familiar with Deb pkmgr because I’m a RPM based guy, you’re using PopOS which is based in Ubuntu, so it will be pretty easy for you to adapt the OS

I am using the Zorin OS lite and I support zorin by reading and provide feedback on this forum when I’m free!


Hi… welcome. You’ve heard a lot of positive support already. If you don’t mind, i have one for you as well.

I was interested in development, but i had an older acer aspire and didn’t want a lot of junk bogging my system down. Google, Bing and start page all pointed me to Zorin. I’m new to Linux but have been working in windows almost 32 years… it’s been a change, but an eye opening one. After deciding on Zorin, i thought i made a bad choice. I searched and searched, tried several other distros, and found that Zorin really was the lightest for my system. I purchased ultimate immediately. Who heard of an OS for 40? I’m used to paying an arm and leg. I have no complaints about the OS itself and it’s handled everything i could think to throw at it. It handles being fixed pretty well also. I have yet to really tank my system.

Since then I’ve gotten brand new hardware, and had problems. That’s ok, just like with windows you can’t expect something older than your hardware to support it. Here is where i noticed the difference. The people who have chosen this platform stand by it, help you troubleshoot… something Microsoft won’t do. If they try it isn’t well at all. I haven’t asked for the support i paid for from the devs because this Community has given everything i need with encouragement to continue breaking and repairing, but most of all to share both.

This is where it really matters, what most distros lack. So, not only did i pay, do i plan on doing it again, i also jump in here and attempt to show my appreciation, for these fine people, that are telling you that this OS is worth it, by contributing as much as i am able.

These aren’t sales people, they are actual users who back Zorin 100%. I think that’s worth consideration.


I have paid for it. I say yes simply due to supporting the developers of a great project.



Hi - Newby here. I have a laptop in the closet on some distro of Zorin, and I like it. Last time I had it on it was so behind on updates that there wasn't enough drive space to handle them. My need for that laptop ended and it's been in the closet for a couple years.

Fast forward. I've got a newer laptop that I'm thinking of loading a new distro on. Thinking about Ultimate. Now for my questions.

  1. I'm guessing Zorin OS 16.0 is due out any day. Should I wait for it or start with 15.3? (It looks like the countdown expected 16.0 to be out by today, so I have no idea how long "any day now" might acutally be.)

  2. If I buy 15.3, do I have to pay for 16.0?

  3. Is it usually fairly easy to upgrade from an older major release to a new one?

And finally.

  1. One of the main things I hope to do is to get Steam running on this laptop to play LegoWorld with my 7-y-o grandson. I think this machine is more powerful than others I have available for it. Do I need Ultimate to run Steam?

(I spent a little time doing some searches, and haven't really found many answers. Hopefully I'm not asking bloody obvious questions that are answered in a zillion places! Please forgive me if I am.)

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Zorin16 Beta is available and will be able to handle all but the latest ( except just released in the past 3months) hardware. Your best bet to minimize issues is to run the Beta. 15.3 is solid for hardware that is rougly a year old or older, but there was a gap in support for hardware, hence the many troubleshooting topics on the forum regarding issues.

You can get a copy of beta here:

You do not have to buy any version of Zorin. There is nothing in Zorin Ultimate that isn't in the regular Core or Lite versions (though software that would be bundled for your convenience will have to be downloaded separately in the Core or Lite versions). We choose to pay for Ultimate to support the development because we believe what they are doing. This choice is not tied to any specific feature offered by any specific version. They all do what the others do, though with a different desktop environment in the different versions (core/lite).

Until later this year (year's end is what I'm hearing) there is no way to "upgrade" from one version to the next. A clean install must be performed. If you do choose to install Zorin, it will be a clean install unless you wait until the end of the year. I would recommend this anyway, and to dual-boot between your favorite OS's (or necessary OS's depending on your point of view). I do recommend if you do a dual-boot, please follow the recommended partitioning here:

Steam can be downloaded on any version of Linux, though not all games work as intended, and still may require a win installation. For LegoWorld to work, you should be fine.

Lists the instructions for installing the linux version of steam, and will work for any distro (Zorin 16 included) based on Ubuntu 20.04


Google is your friend, but it may take certain wording to get the results you want. Try preceding with how to and keep it as generic as possible, i.e. "how to install steam on linux" or if you know the os and version (even the base) :
"how to install steam on Ubuntu 20.04"

Gave me these results:


How to install Steam on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux ... › how-to-install-steam-on-ubunt...

May 3, 2020 — Install Steam from Ubuntu package repository. Confirm that the multiverse Ubuntu repository is enabled: $ sudo add-apt-repository multiverse $ sudo apt update. Install Steam package: $ sudo apt install steam. Use your desktop menu to start Steam or alternatively execute the following command: $ steam.


How to Install Steam on Ubuntu 20.04 | Linuxize › post › how-to-install-steam-on-ub...

Jul 7, 2020 — ... developed by Valve Corporation for purchasing and playing video games. This article explains how to install the Steam client on Ubuntu 20.04.


How to Install Steam in Ubuntu 20.04 – Linux Hint › install-steamos-on-ubuntu
](How to Install Steam in Ubuntu 20.04 – Linux Hint)

Step 1: Update and Upgrade System. Step 2: Enable Multiverse Repository. Step 3: Install Steam Package. Step 4: Launch Steam Application. Step 1: Download Official Steam Debian Package. Step 2: Install Steam Using Debian Package. Step 3: Launch Steam Application.

It would be the same in any search engine you use.


Installation from USB, though I would use Rufus or UnetBootIn instead of Balena:

Make sure to boot into Windows on one of your restarts, prior to starting the install. Under Power Options -> Change what closing the lid does or Change what pushing the power button does you get a window that has a section greyed out at the bottom. Make sure you click the shield, provide your password or hit allow, then change the FastBoot option to unchecked (disabled). If you don't do this you will have a corrupt windows installation and be unable to write to the partition to share data. Do this prior to re-partitioning.


Thanks so much 337harvey!

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If you don't have a brand new top of the line computer from 2021, Its my opinion that you should wait until Zorin OS16 releases. OS16 will release soon, and it just makes sense to wait if you can.

I too agree that supporting the dev's should always be a good option. If you like what the dev's are doing, and you like the software their producing, why not support them? I myself bought two different distributions of Zorin OS, 9, and 12, when I bought Ultimate editions.

Plus the benefit I got from that was, already loaded with apps and neat games, and the special access to direct support I got from the Zorin dev's by doing so. But yes, you don't have to buy if you don't want to. Like Mr. Harvey said, there is Core and Lite.

And yes, Steam can be installed on all Linux distributions. It can be found in the software center, just log into your Steam account once installed and launched. Also, you don't need to have Wine directly installed on the system for the games to run.

Steam now uses Steam play, which is an integration with the Proton compatibility system. All you have to do is right click on your games, go to properties, then click on the compatibility category. Then tell the games to force use Proton.

Now, youll see a list of Proton versions, which version of Proton works right with the game, greatly depends on the game. So try each one in the list until you find the Proton version that works correctly with the game, launches it, and runs it without crashing.

I can provide you help further down the road, when you are ready to do all this. I am a gamer, I use Linux, so I been around the block a few times in this area.


If you are going to manage 120 desktops then you'd want to get involved in Zorin Grid.

Also, buying Ultimate give you instalation support from Zorin.


(short answer) to be honest, it isn't really worthy.
(long answer) it is if you like things out of the box (not having to play around customizing things and installing things) and want to support the zorin team. thing are better integrated with the system compared if you would install them afterwards yourself.

other than that, you can make every linux distro look like mac. I personally bought it and don't regret it, it isn't limited to one user/pc so you can install it everywhere, anytime, as many times you want to. I also support the team with a minimum monthly contribution. I have to find out how the upgrade process is, if I need to re-purchase the ultimate version or not

an upgrade to 16 will be possible without the need of fresh install. that is if you are willing to wait till the devs optimize that feature


Personally i bought into Zorin Ultimate, and after using Linux mint Cinnamon, I feel disappointed. Mint is way more up to date. I will continue to struggle with Zorin and hope for further upgrades in the future. I have both Zorin and Mint on the same pc.

Do you have Mint 20 Ulyssa installed? Mint 20 is built off of Ubuntu 20.04. Zorin 5.3 is built off of Ubuntu 18.04, whereas Zorin 16 is built off of Ubuntu 20.04.


For me that is the beauty of zorin, linux it is very customizable, I can install upto-date software if I needed to...

You didn't have to buy Ultimate to show appreciation. There is a donate button on the About page, if you're interested.


I never knew this, either...

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I did know either but there is a donate button on the about page.


Nor me. Must be new. I stumbled upon it yesterday whilst looking for something else.

Well (I haven't looked yet) if there is a donation link, it's something that has long been requested and hopefully will generate some additional revenue to help the Brothers out.