Zorin OS 12.4 Linux distribution is here -- switch from Microsoft Windows 10 now!

I'm not a Microsoft "hater" at all. With that said, I am not a fan of the state of Windows 10. The privacy issues alone are a reason to avoid the operating system, but that is hardly the only concern. For instance, Microsoft has been pre-loading tiles for games like Candy Crush and other apps -- a move that shows major disrespect towards its customers. Not to mention, the "Insiders" program is just a way for the company to get free beta testing -- Microsoft is all too happy to treat Windows 10 users as guinea pigs. It is all very shameful.

These days, if someone asks my advice on buying a computer, I recommend purchasing a Mac, Chromebook, or PC with a traditional desktop Linux distribution, such as Ubuntu. If you are happy with your current computer, but hate Windows 10, installing a Linux distro is very easy nowadays. I often suggest that Windows switchers try Zorin OS as it has a familiar interface. Today, that excellent operating system reaches version 12.4.

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"This new release brings together the latest software updates, bug fixes, performance enhancements and hardware support out of the box. Zorin OS 12.4 introduces an updated hardware enablement stack. The newly-included Linux kernel 4.15, as well as an updated X server graphics stack, add compatibility for newer computers and hardware in Zorin OS. In addition, new patches for system vulnerabilities are included in this release, so you can have the peace of mind knowing that you’re using the most secure version of Zorin OS ever," says the Zorin development team.

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Speaking on the future of the distro, the team explains, "Zorin OS 12.4 is the final point release of Zorin OS 12 before the launch of the next major version of Zorin OS. It will be based on Ubuntu 18.04.1 and will be released later this autumn. Stay tuned over the coming months as we reveal more details about this huge release, and to get early access to the Beta version."

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If you are already running Zorin OS 12.x, you can get 12.4 from the software updater program -- no need to download an ISO. For those that are ready to switch from Windows 10 to Zorin OS, you can use the below links to download the free "Core" version. There are both 32-bit and 64-bit options. In 2018, your processor is most likely 64-bit, so you should try that first.

Please note: Zorin also sells an optional "Ultimate" version. You can learn more about that here.

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