Zorin OS 15 Lite Announced – A New, Sleek Linux Distro with XFCE

For those who love XFCE and have been looking for a sleek, beautiful Linux distro that uses it – you'll be excited to know that the Zorin dev team has just announced Zorin OS 15 Lite.

Zorin OS 15-Lite
Zorin OS 15 Lite offers a beautifully skinned XFCE environment.

Designed to run fast on computers as old as 15 years and powered by the popular XFCE 4.14, this distribution offers a beautiful option for those who prefer a more lean environment than traditionally offered by Zorin OS. The normal desktop of choice for their distro is Gnome but with the introduction of an XFCE edition (and a beautiful one at that) they've opened the doors to a broader audience.

This new release introduces a new desktop theme that is available in 6 different color variants in addition to the Light & Dark modes. You can set these colors and make changes to the appearance using the Zorin Appearance App.

Automatic Theme Switching

A cool new feature that was introduced is automatic theme switching. You can enable this byopening the Zorin Appearance app and clicking the middle “Background” option in the newly-redesigned Zorin theme switcher. What it does is switch the theme from Light to Dark at Sunset and back to Light at sunrise. A pretty cool option that hasn't been present before in any distros I'm aware of.

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Zorin Auto Theme-Lite

What else is new?

There are some other features such as the inclusion of FlatPak support by default as well as a Do Not Disturb mode and a new Notification Center that is present in the panel. Here's a screenshot of what it looks like:

This release is based on the latest Ubuntu LTS, 18.04 and is available for download now for free.

You can get it here: https://zorinos.com/download/