I know there's articles that ask about this, but none have been helpfuI. I read that zorin has touchscreen support, and should work with tablets and laptops with touchscreens. I got a Surface pro 6, and I never got the touchscreen to work on any linux distro, even though touch supports been added into the kernel. Is there something I have to install to make it work?

Apparently using a Surface you need to use a different kernel, which may be part of the reason you are having such issues with that particular hardware.

I did find this and others doing a simple Google search, this may help you. Remember Linux Mint is also based on Ubuntu as is Zorin, so many of the fixes work across distro's.

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Perhaps this information/topic might be of some help.

Could anyone please explain how I would install the kernel?

The installations instructions are on the website:

the command "sudo apt install linux-image-surface linux-headers-surface iptsd libwacom-surface" gives me multiple "failed to fetch" messages"

Did you run these commands, first?

wget -qO - \ | gpg --dearmor | sudo dd of=/etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/linux-surface.gpg
echo "deb [arch=amd64] release main" \ | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/linux-surface.list

I have. I did those two and the "Sudo apt update" with no problem. The one after that, I get "failed to fetch" multiple times and then "unable to fetch some archives, maybe run "apt-get update" or "--fix-missing", except neither of those work.

That is a bad repo... will need to look into that... give a moment...

I checked the repo and all looks good. I was doing a lot of running around, when I finally noticed this- which I really should have spotted much, much sooner...

I got it now. Really appreciate your help with this.