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Kubuntu on a Windows Laptop

Q. If I load Kubuntu onto a Windows laptop, do I get the same results as a Kubuntu Focus System?

A. No. If you install on a Windows laptop, you will get to do any research, integration, tools, and testing yourself. If that’s what you want, it’s a great way to learn a lot about Linux system administration. However, sometimes that can be a lot of work, especially on newer hardware. In fact, some hardware may not work at all, thus the need for research!

Desktop Shortcuts

What can a good Linux vendor provide? Let’s consider the Hint Widget, shown above. This widget present 12 frames that detail many features such as keyboard shortcuts. These are often unique for each model, so the frames only show the details correct for your system.

Welcome Wizard

The Welcome Wizard guides developers and creators to personalize their system with the services. Each stage can launch the tools you need along with illustrated guides.

These are just a few of hundreds of optimizations the Focus team maintains through all system updates. Others include power management, a deep learning suite, and a video sync selector. They also validate updates to keep your system reliable. So if you want a system with neat features and a minimum amount of fuss, we’ve got you covered.

What is a Good Email Client?

Q. What email client do your recommend?

A. We recommend Thunderbird. Many email vendors test their updates with it because it is so widely used. This is critical if you want something that works reliably. Thunderbird enables you to do many email operations much faster and more completely than a web client. Examples include search or bulk deletions or filing to folders.

Thunderbird supports many extensions. Perhaps the most popular include those for Contacts and a Calendar. Kubuntu uses Thunderbird as its default email client. You can install with a click from the Curated Apps page. Check out the Guided Solution article that shows how to connect to emails and calendars, and how to import from Outlook.


Hide The Home Directory


Q. How can I hide my home directory?

A. It depends on what you mean by the word “hide”.

If you just want to prevent others from seeing your files, use sudo chmod 700 "$HOME".

However, if you mean “how do I prevent others from knowing I even have an account”, well then things get trickier. The path to your home directory for local accounts is found in /etc/passwd, and this must remain public on most modern Linux systems. Here are 5 options to partially or completely hide accounts:

In summary, the simple options are weak and fairly easy to circumvent. The stronger solutions are harder to implement. For strong isolation, I’d investigate SSSD with a local server before chroot jails, as this probably has the fewest side effects for a normal system.

Change Default Editor

How can I change the default editor from Vim to Something like Emacs?

A. The EDITOR environment variable is useful, but instead of setting it directly, you probably want to set it at a deeper level. In a terminal:

# Select your editor sudo update-alternatives -config editor

If you are running KDE, use System Settings > Applications > File Associations to specify a GUI editor for different file types.

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