Zorin OS 12.1 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of Zorin OS 12.1. This new release brings together the latest software updates, bug fixes, new desktop features, performance enhancements and hardware support.

Zorin OS 12.1 introduces an updated hardware enablement stack. The newly-included Linux kernel 4.8 as well as an updated X server graphics stack adds compatibility for newer computers and hardware in Zorin OS.

One of the new desktop features is an easy way to add app icons to the desktop. Simply open the Zorin menu and right-click on an app to view the option to add it to the Desktop or to Favorites.

Add to Desktop

After installing Zorin OS 12.1, you will have the latest versions of the pre-installed packages. That means less software updates will need to be downloaded after installing Zorin OS onto your computer.

All editions of Zorin OS – Core, Ultimate and Business – are now available to download as version 12.1.


If you’ve already downloaded and installed Zorin OS 12, you can update your system to 12.1 by installing the latest updates from the Software Updater. In order to upgrade to the newer Linux kernel and graphics stack in Zorin OS 12, you can open the Terminal (by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T) and enter the following command:
sudo apt install --install-recommends xserver-xorg-hwe-16.04

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