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The Most Unique Laptop

The Most Unique Laptop

The Kubuntu Focus is The Ultimate Linux Laptop. Chris Titus reviews the M2 on his Chris Titus Tech YouTube channel.

Chris puts the Kubuntu Focus through a full workout, and decides that this laptop will be his daily driver for many years to come!

Chris gets the back off the Kubuntu Focus, adds an extra drive and goes on to install Windows 10, and MacOSX alongside. This YouTube Review covers the Hardware, Operating System, Internals, and Software applications.

Virtual Box 6.1 Update

Virtual Box 6.1 Update

After the upgrade to the 5.8 kernel, you may find that VirtualBox no longer works because the version provided by Ubuntu is incompatible with the kernel. We have added the Oracle VirtualBox repository so you can upgrade to 6.1.16 and resolve the problem. Open a terminal and enter the following to upgrade:

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-6.1 sudo apt-get autoremove sudo apt-get clean

We suggest you download the extension pack from here and then click on the package shown in the browser to install it. When you run a virtual machine, VirtualBox may prompt you to update the data. This should only occur once per virtual machine and usually takes less than a minute.

Virtual Appliance 2021-01-09

A new version of the virtual appliance is now available

NVIDIA Driver 460

NVIDIA Driver 460

On 2021-01-09 Ubuntu updated the Nvidia Driver to version 460. We have reviewed the package pinning and NVIDIA-sourced packages to ensure gaming, deep learning, Optix, and other GPGPU tasks continue to work. This driver provides some welcome improvements in desktop performance and reduces tearing. If you want to check your installation, you may run FocusRx by entering the following into a terminal:

/usr/lib/kfocus-001/bin/fixup_run.sh

Suspend and Resume Enhancements

We have eliminated nearly all graphical corruption when resuming from suspend thanks to KDE and NVIDIA configuration changes in recent updates. We have also determined that JetBrains Toolbox can sometimes block suspend and expect to release a fix today.

Hardware Enablement Stack

Hardware Enablement Stack

Hardware Enablement (HWE) Stack

The Focus suite enables the HWE stack. This means normal updates install newer but stable versions of the kernel. This provides more features, improved drivers, and sometimes improved performance.

APT Rollback

APT Rollback

Rollback Installations

You may now rollback package installations using apt-rollback. We had found this very useful in listing and undoing recent package changes. We hope you like it too!

Kubuntu Focus Theme

Kubuntu Focus Theme

Kubuntu Focus Theme

Three Kubuntu Focus Themes are now available using System Settings > Global Theme > Kubuntu Focus. After you select a theme, you can restore widgets and layout by enabling [x] Use desktop layout.

These themes set sensible defaults throughout the desktop. For example, after selecting a theme, you may click System Settings > Fonts and click on Defaults to restore the recommended settings provided by the theme.

MacBook Pro Replacement?

MacBook Pro Replacement?

Vested Apple Mac user, and Explorer of ALL THE THINGS technology, Jeff Geerling; deep dives into this comparative review. For the user considering the move to Mac, Kubuntu Focus is a clear winner in performance, and features.

For the already invested Apple Mac user, the Kubuntu Focus is probably as close as you can get, and if cloud is a part of your vista then that's probably enough to tip the balance.

Jeff provides a thorough, and fair YouTube review with similar in blog format. Jeff's Photography and Videography skills are first class. Subscribe to his YouTube channel.

Kubuntu Focus Recommendation

Kubuntu Focus Recommendation

The Kubuntu Focus is listed as the only recommended system on Chris Titus 2020 Buyers Guide. “If you want to see something cool for a laptop in 2020, check out this 'little' machine.”

NEW power saving GPU Switcher

NEW power saving GPU Switcher

Users who install latest software update will receive a new user friendly GPU switcher system tray widget. This widget switches between the discreet Nvidia RTX for Graphics performance, or the Intel integrated GPU for power efficiency, in a single click.

HOLIDAY SALE

HOLIDAY SALE

Save $400 now on the Kubuntu Focus M2 with our Holiday sales event.

You can save even more with the certain options. Call Sales at 844-KFOCUS1 to find out how. We are still shipping next-day, but you might want to hurry because stock is limited.

Evolved Desktop Theme

Evolved Desktop Theme

Seamless integration, and ease of use are key to delivering Power out of the Box to our customers, and that includeds providing a beautiful product. Today the Kubuntu Focus team released an evolution of the Focus desktop theme with new wallpapers and widgets. And there is more to come soon!

If you miss the old wallpapers you can always return to it by right-mouse-click on the desktop and selecting Configure Desktop. There are also additional wallpapers you can use for the background or lockscreen.

This update is available now to all Kubuntu Focus users through normal system updates.

Expanded Guided Solutions

Expanded Guided Solutions

Guided Solutions have been expanded to include Emails-Calendars-Contacts and External Displays articles. Multiple other articles have also been updated to keep them current and provide the most current troubleshooting solutions.

Please write support@kfocus.org or call 844-KFOCUS1 if you have any questions or concerns.

Announcing the M2

Announcing the M2

The Ultimate Linux Laptop just got better. The Kubuntu Focus team announces the release of the M2, the next generation laptop. Experience power out of the box acclaimed by both experts and new users. The finely-tuned Focus virtually eliminates the need to configure the OS, applications, or updates. With numerous Guided Solutions and unparalleled support, your shortest path to Linux success is the Focus.

The new M2 is smaller, lighter, and more ergonomic. It features a faster 10th-generation Intel 5.1 GHz 8c/16t CPU, 3200MHz RAM, better cooling, and longer battery life. It is a power workstation wrapped up in a lightweight laptop.

Get unparalleled customer support with same-day builds, guided solutions, free cross-shipping, and free live support. We take care of the platform so you can focus on work and play.

You can find additional product photos and graphics at the shared drive and explore all the details at https://kfocus.org. If you have any questions, please call 844-KFOCUS1.

Guided Solutions Expanded

Guided Solutions have been expanded and now have more consistent content and navigation. The templating engine runs on NodeJS and was writing on the Kubuntu Focus using IntelliJ Ultimate.

Deep Learning Updated

Deep Learning Updated

Deep Learning now includes Tensorflow 2.2.0 and AI Benchmarks. These capabilities are delivered through standard daily upgrades in the kfocus-001-main package, version 1.1.5-1 or later.

Other changes in kfocus-001-main_1.1.5-1 are listed below.

Create a new user to see the changes marked with an asterisk (*).

Update the Anaconda installation by entering the following code into a terminal.

# Backup current installation cd ~/; cp -a anaconda3 anaconda3.backup; # Run the anaconda suite kfocus-001-conda # When prompted, replace the current tensorflow environment. # When prompted, run the AI benchmarks.
Enterprise 20.04 LTS Announced

Enterprise 20.04 LTS Announced

The Focus team today announced the availability of Kubuntu 20.04 LTS on the Linux laptop designed especially for the Enterprise.

This device is authorized by Kubuntu and a major portion of each sale is donated to the Kubuntu Council. All sales help make Kubuntu and the Focus even better.

Here’s what others are saying about The Kubuntu Focus:

Kubuntu 20.04 LTS Now Shipping

Kubuntu 20.04 LTS Now Shipping

Kubuntu 20.04 LTS is now available for all systems. The first batch with the 20.04 builds shipped on 02 May, 2020. We invested many weeks to ensure the OS, curated apps, Guided Solutions, UX preferences, and hardware optimizations work while also improving 18.04 support. We hope you like it!

The official upgrade from 18.04.4 LTS to 20.04 LTS will be available in late July 2020. If you’d rather not wait, you can perform a clean install. Just remember to back up your data first!

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