Zorin OS 17.1 Rolls Out with Windows Users in Mind

Zorin OS 17.1 brings over 100 Windows app alternatives, Wine 9.0 support, and an education edition for impactful learning.

In an apparent move to attract Windows users migrating to Linux, Zorin OS has unveiled its latest iteration, Zorin 17.1, boasting enhancements that further refine the user experience.

Powered by Linux kernel 6.5, this release comes on the heels of Zorin OS 17‘s impressive milestone, achieving over half a million downloads in just over two months, with a significant 78% of these downloads originating from proprietary platforms like Windows and macOS.

Zorin OS 17.1 Highlights

Zorin OS 17.1
Zorin OS 17.1

Key updates in Zorin OS 17.1 focus on bolstering its appeal to Windows users. Enhanced Windows App Support is at the forefront of this release, making it simpler for users to run their favorite applications and games, regardless of their original development platform.

In light of this, Zorin OS 17.1 introduces improved Windows app support, making it easier for users to run their favorite applications and games on Linux. The system’s enhanced compatibility is powered by the latest Wine 9.0 version, significantly improving Windows software support.

Additionally, the introduction of Bottles allows users to run Windows apps in a sandboxed environment, further simplifying the transition to Linux.

Bottles lets you run Windows software on Linux, such as applications and games.
Bottles lets you run Windows software on Linux, such as applications and games.

The update also includes an expanded database supporting over 100 popular Windows apps and games, offering native Linux versions directly from the built-in Software store. This seamless integration ensures users have the most compatible app versions for an optimal Zorin OS experience.

Education takes a front seat in Zorin OS 17.1 with the introduction of the Education edition. This variant merges Zorin’s latest improvements with educational software to enhance preschool and secondary education learning experiences.

Innovations like the Reading Strip, designed to aid students with dyslexia and ADHD, and Logseq, a comprehensive tool for managing knowledge and classwork, highlight Zorin’s investment in educational technology.

Zorin OS 17.1 Education Edition
Zorin OS 17.1 Education Edition

Moreover, the new release brings the latest LibreOffice 24.2, promising improved Microsoft Office/365 document compatibility and numerous user interface enhancements, further bridging the gap for users transitioning from Windows.

Zorin OS 17.1 doesn’t stop at software improvements; it also introduces support for a broader array of hardware, thanks to the Linux kernel and graphics stack updates. From Intel Core Ultra processors to NVIDIA graphics cards and Wi-Fi 7 chipsets, the update ensures wider hardware compatibility, including gaming devices like the Steam Deck and various game controllers.

Security has also received a boost, with the latest security patches pre-installed, reassuring users of their safety on the most secure version of Zorin OS. With continued support for the Zorin OS 17 series until June 2027, users can expect ongoing software updates and security enhancements.

Lastly, Zorin OS 17.1 also offers quality-of-life improvements, such as enhanced file format thumbnail support, a new window placement option in Zorin Appearance, and updated system technologies for better security, compatibility, and performance.

Already using Zorin? Upgrading to 17.1 is straightforward for those eager to experience the enhancements. Users of Zorin OS 17 can update directly via the Software Updater, while those on Zorin OS 16 can follow our in-place upgrade guide, preserving their files and data.

Users can grab the installation ISO image from the project website download section. The release announcement provides detailed information about all changes.

Bobby Borisov

Bobby Borisov

Bobby, an editor-in-chief at Linuxiac, is a Linux professional with over 20 years of experience. With a strong focus on Linux and open-source software, he has worked as a Senior Linux System Administrator, Software Developer, and DevOps Engineer for small and large multinational companies.

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  1. Windows hasn’t looked like that since circa Win7. Then they decided to do something with tiles (Windows 8) because MS goes all in on new trends. It was such a failure that ran away from Win8 as fast as they could and ended up with a version 10. Why ten? Because they wanted people to compare it to macOS 10.x and not be reminded of Win8.

    Anyway… Win10 came with ads, accounts, surveillance, syware and obtuse menuing all over the place… It’s a thing only a mother would love.

    Nothing like XP/Win7 except as a memory. So please stop regurgitating nonsense. Zorin OS is competing with Cinnamon. Cinnamon and similar took WinXP/7 one step further. Zorin, if anything… is trying to refine the appeal of that menuing system and maybe using Windows color themeing we haven’t seen in 15 years!

  2. Where is the Lite version?
    The previous version does not even appear in the downloads. Has it been eliminated?

    • Hi Leillo,

      Hmm, that’s an excellent question! No, it hasn’t been discontinued, but it looks like the Lite edition will appear later. You can look at recent comments on the topic from Zorin’s forum.


  3. Zorin was exactly what I wanted from Linux. It allowed me to switch from Windows to Linux. I can still use most of my Windows apps and it is faster as well. My only con is that the latest version (17 and 17.1) seems to take longer to boot up than version 16. 🙁

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