8 September 2020 ⋅ 3 min read
Zorin OS 15.3 is here: Our most advanced OS gets even better
Newer software. Work better with the updated LibreOffice. Improved hardware compatibility and security.
We’re excited to launch the new, upgraded, and enhanced version of Zorin OS 15 – our most advanced and popular release ever.
Since the Zorin OS 15 was first launched in June 2019, it has been downloaded over 1.7 million times. Over 65% of these downloads came from proprietary platforms like Windows and macOS, reflecting our mission to bring the power of Linux to new people and to grow the community for the benefit of all. We’ve been working ever since to make Zorin OS 15 even more powerful, accessible, and user-friendly with updates and point releases.
The world has changed immensely since the previous point release of Zorin OS 15.2. With this new version of Zorin OS, we’ve focused on strengthening the core essentials of the operating system to bring you the features and reliability that help you work, play, and use your computer better.
LibreOffice updated to help you work better
LibreOffice is one of the most important apps included in Zorin OS, and with this new release, it’s getting even better. We’ve included LibreOffice 6.4.6, which is the newest stable release of the award-winning office suite for production use and business deployments. It will allow you to work quicker and more effectively, whether you’re on-site or working remotely. Some of the new enhancements include:
- Even better compatibility with Microsoft Office documents
- Improvements when commenting in documents, for easier collaboration when working remotely
- More options and features when editing documents
- Performance boosts when opening and editing documents, so you can get more work done quicker
In addition to LibreOffice, you’ll notice that many for the core apps have been updated when using Zorin OS 15.3. Not only does this provide a better, faster, and more feature-rich experience out of the box, fewer software updates will need to be downloaded after installing Zorin OS onto your computer.
The Zorin Connect app for Android has been updated with improvements such as:
- Only auto search for devices on Trusted Wi-Fi networks
- Quick buttons to Send Files and Send Clipboard in the persistent notification
- Full support for the latest versions of Android
- Enhancements for stability and performance
System technologies with better hardware compatibility and security
Many of the built-in system technologies have seen improvements for better security, compatibility, and performance.
Zorin OS 15.3 is now powered by the Linux kernel version 5.4 – the same version as in Ubuntu 20.04. In addition to performance, stability, and security improvements, it brings support for more hardware such as Intel’s newly-announced 11th generation Core processors, upcoming AMD processors & GPUs, and other peripherals. This means that Zorin OS will “just work” with even more computers and devices.
We’ve also included the latest security patches for all software in Zorin OS out of the box, so you can have the peace of mind knowing that you’re using the most secure version of Zorin OS ever.
The Zorin OS 15 release series will continue to be supported with software updates and security patches until April 2023.
How to get Zorin OS 15.3
If you’re already running Zorin OS 15, you can update to Zorin OS 15.3 by installing the latest updates from the Software Updater today.
All editions of Zorin OS 15.3 are available to download from the download page on our website.
If you’ve purchased Zorin OS 15 Ultimate, you can download a new copy of Zorin OS 15.3 Ultimate or Ultimate Lite from the download link in your original purchase email.
What’s coming next
We’re excited about the next major version of Zorin OS, and we’re planning to release more details about it over the coming months. Stay tuned here or sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know when it’s ready to Beta test and when it’s fully released.
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