Should I stay with Zorin


As new Zorin release is almost here, I am thinking what to do.

Should I stay/switch to Zorin or Ubuntu ?

I like them both, but didnt used Zorin last few months so maybe something changed/will change ?


Newer release doesn't make the current one obsolete, you can install ZorinOS 16.3 now and continue to use it safely until 2025. So there's plenty of time for you to make the decision to upgrade or not.

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I dont like 16.3 because it is really old, I have newest laptop and it needs latest kernel and drivers to get it working.

But I asked more in general , should I stay or should I go with Zorin/Ubuntu :slight_smile:

It really depends on what you need or want to do with that laptop.

You will get the most out of that new hardware if you go for a distribution like Fedora which is meant to run the latest versions of the Linux kernel. If you feel a little more adventurous you can try OpenSUSE Tumbleweed, which is a rolling release (meaning it's constantly being updated to run the latest possible versions of software). However, Ubuntu is a solid option as well, if you simply want something that is relatively up to date and "just works".

Keep in mind that you can always install ZorinOS 17 when it's released on an external USB drive, and try it out from there without installing it, so you'll be able to see if you like it or not.


Well, since you asked this on the Zorin OS Forum, I will answer:

Yes, you better stay with Zorin OS.


Other than that, it's entirely up to you. :slight_smile:


Hehe, I know. But this forum is friendly and helpful :slight_smile:

I liked Z16 until I got new laptop. But with new Z17 and new kernel 6.2.0, new Ubuntu base and new fw should be good

I tried them all.
Fedora, not so good. At least for me
OpenSuse TW is smooth, and really up to date.
Big advantages of Opensuse is btrfs and snapper , easy to roll back

Btw, I need stability, good performance, mostly for programing , web browsing and rarely Steam gaming

I mean, assuming that Z17 is really going to be released tomorrow... you might as well just wait a little longer and give it a try :smiley:


Well - at least it's not like Mac, where you have to get a whole brand new machine just to have new software :smirk:

I'm sticking it out for Z17 - that's gonna be coming out soon. For me, there's nothing I absolutely need an updated version of Ubuntu to run / use. Everything just.. works!

If the kernel is the thing - just install a new kernel till Z17 drops; a few guides on here for it. I haven't needed to but, that's certainly cleared up a lot of newer hardware issues for others! :grin:


If you can cope with KDE Plasma 5.27 instead of Gnome, both MX-Linux 23.1 KDE and KDE neon (neonuser) use the latest kernels.

MX-Linux 6.1.x:

KDE neon recently updated to 6.2.

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I tried about two dozen OS, and am solid with Zorin, Garuda though is a nice back up.

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Actually I am on it already :smiley: it is really smooth. And really polished.
That is why I used Ubuntu 23.10 , it is beautiful.

I tried lot of other distros, been Arch user before, but I found that Ubuntu ,even Zorin is enough for me. It just works and that is most important

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How are you on it already? I didn't see any update.

I believe beta download right now - I haven't tried it though.. Getting close!!

Test it out. The Ubuntu Base is new for Zorin but the Ubuntu Version is close to 2 years old and in a few Months the next LTS Ubuntu will release.

Test what works best for your new Laptop. Latest Kernel is 6.6 soon 6.7

Most things new in Zorin OS 17 are things from new Gnome Versions and a new ArcMenu version (if I am not mistaken). So you will find many new features of it on other more recent Distros (like Ubuntu).

Newer Kernels usually get more out of newer Hardware but if you like Zorin, don't care too much about the latest and greatest and it works - keep going.


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