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Announcing kfocus-source

Kubuntu Focus Source

The Kubuntu Focus team today announced the immediate availability of kfocus-source, a unified GitHub repository containing the Kubuntu Focus Suite. This software has always been published under the GPLv2 license, but now with kfocus-source, it’s easier to review and contribute within the familiar GitHub interface.

GitHub

The kfocus-source repository provides the Kubuntu Focus Suite of tools, curated apps, UX preferences, and hardware optimizations that work in harmony with standard Kubuntu 22.04 LTS. It is carefully designed to avoid reinventing the wheel and does not, for example, contain a variation of an entire operating system, or a shell on top of it. This adds unique value to an already vibrant and broadly supported ecosystem and community.

Previously, the Kubuntu Focus Suite was available from various projects on GitHub and Launchpad. Now, with kfocus-source, developers can easily work with all the software from one unified repository. The Kubuntu Focus Team believes this is the next step in being a part of the greater Ubuntu community and looks forward to working with more developers to create solutions they want and need.

Launchpad

The Kubuntu Focus Team Launchpad PPA, hosted by Canonical, uses the code in kfocus-source to build and publish the Kubuntu Focus Suite packages. This ensures that they are built against the default Ubuntu repositories without any additions or subtractions, and that the toolchain remains intact without modification. This ensures that the dependencies in the packages are correct and illustrates the team’s dedication to working with and contributing to the Ubuntu ecosystem.

Interested developers are encouraged to explore the kfocus-source repository here. Please direct questions to support@kfocus.org or call 844-536-2871.

Kubuntu Focus Tools
About Kubuntu Focus

Kubuntu Focus sells officially branded Kubuntu computers designed to work out-of-the-box with the beautiful-and-intuitive KDE desktop and industry-standard Ubuntu® 22.04 LTS. Their systems are designed to save time and hassle every day with hardware optimizations, curated apps, Focus Tools, HOWTOs designed for your system, and unmatched Linux-first support. Typical customers are data scientists, engineers, developers, and creators. Learn more at https://kfocus.org.

Company Statements

Michael Mikowski, General Manager, says “We started the Kubuntu Focus Project over 3 years ago with the goal of contributing to an already excellent Kubuntu distribution and community. I think we have accomplished a lot of that: we created additional tools, guidance, and hardware optimizations to help users have a great out-of-the-box experience. And we’ve contributed many of these solutions upstream with more on the way. We appreciate and thank all the wonderful people at Ubuntu, KDE, and Kubuntu that make all this possible.”

Media Contact

Please direct questions to TellMeMore@kfocus.org, or call 1-844-536-2871. Press images are available from the media shared drive.

Newsletter 2022-10-06

Thank you for being a Kubuntu Focus newsletter subscriber! Since the last update on September 9th, Kubuntu Focus systems have received several upgrades we wanted to share with you. Highlights include a comprehensive upgrade of the Deep Learning Suite and enhanced support for External GPUs (eGPUs) on the Focus NX.

Any improvements described below are:

Kernel Updates: Tested So You Don't Have To

Ubuntu constantly updates the Linux kernel to improve security, fix bugs, and enhance hardware support. Both supported Kubuntu LTS releases received kernel upgrades this month:

Peripherals

All kernel upgrades are tested on every Focus model to ensure features and peripherals continue to work as expected on sign-in, suspend, resume, and hot-plug. Key test points include keyboards, mice, Wi-Fi, ethernet, bluetooth, headphones, webcams, and multi-monitors.

Updates to Machine Learning

The Kubuntu Focus Deep Learning Suite was updated to use the most current stable libraries and tools:

Type kfocus-conda in a terminal to start the suite. If your environment requires the older libraries, you can still use the legacy suite kfocus-conda-legacy-v01. In fact, the upgraded script inspects any installation and will suggest using the legacy script if needed.

Updated Kubuntu Focus Suite ISO
USB Key

You can download the 2022-09-16 Kubuntu Focus Suite ISO from https://kfocus.org/try. You can use an earlier version of the ISO, but this one requires the least amount of updates and time after installation. As always, the Suite contains the official Kubuntu 22.04.1 LTS image along with Focus Tools and optimizations for your hardware.

Fenced Syntax Highlighting for Markdown in Vim

New users now see fenced syntax highlighting when editing Markdown documents in Vim. We find this provides a new level of clarity to Markdown:

Fenced Markdown VIM

You can add this capability to existing users by adding the following lines to ~/.vimrc:

" =====[ Markdown Enhancements for Embedded Code Syntax ] ============== " https://vimtricks.com/p/highlight-syntax-inside-markdown/ " See :r !ls /usr/share/vim/vim82/syntax/ " let g:markdown_fenced_languages = ['bash','css','erb=eruby','javascript','js=javascript','json','html','node=javascript','perl','php=perl','python','ruby','sass','xml','vim']
BackInTime Now Skips Network File Systems

New users now enjoy a BackInTime configuration where network file systems are skipped by default. If, for example, one has their music collection on a separate disk found in their home directory, BackInTime will no longer back it up by default.

You can add this capability to existing users by changing two lines in ~/.config/backintime/config:

# From: profile1.snapshots.rsync_options.enabled=false profile1.snapshots.rsync_options.value= # To: profile1.snapshots.rsync_options.enabled=true profile1.snapshots.rsync_options.value=-x
Improved eGPU Support on NX

The hardware optimization subsystem now provides improved eGPU support to Focus NX systems. A key change allows the initial RAM disk to accommodate both Intel and Nvidia drivers without running out of space on boot with the updated kernel.

Videos In The News

In the past few weeks, two reviewers have shared their thoughts on Kubuntu Focus. InfinitelyGalatic surprised us with a review of the Kubuntu Focus Suite, and Nicco From KDE has posted his initial thoughts on the Focus NX. You can also see them both on the Features page.

As always, if you have questions, please write support@kfocus.org or call 844-536-2871.

Sincerely, the Kubuntu Focus Team

Newsletter 2022-09-09

Thank you for being a Kubuntu Focus newsletter subscriber! We last sent out an update about our software on July 15th and wanted to get you caught-up.

Our team has been working toward enhancing the software experience of the Kubuntu Focus computers. Some of these enhancements are under-the-hood, such as kernel updates, while others are more apparent.

Support for Kubuntu 20.04 LTS continues through April 2023, however, it is in maintenance mode. Unless otherwise noted, our updates apply to 22.04.

In Case You Missed It: A New Kubuntu Focus Computer
Focus NX

You may have received our prior newsletter announcing the Kubuntu Focus NX! This is a full-featured, expandable desktop computer in a small package. We’re very proud of this product and you should be too since this couldn’t be possible without your support in our products. Check it out!

Kernels

The Linux kernel for our Kubuntu Focus computers continues to see security enhancements and bug fixes. Through the summer, we have tested and updated a total of 9 kernels. For our two currently-supported Kubuntu operating systems, the kernels are as follows:

We use a comprehensive suite of automated and manual tests to help ensure every kernel, driver, and KDE Plasma desktop works well before including them in your automatic updates. Tests include peripherals such as mouse, bluetooth, keyboard, microphone, webcam, multi-monitor through many use cases including sleep and resume. If we find any issues, we work with the upstream developers or maintainers to get them fixed so you don't have to.

Upgrading from 20.04 to 22.04
Upgrade Menu

As always, we recommend a clean install to avoid issues whenever possible using our clean install guide. However, if you cannot do that for whatever reason, we have recently released an in-place release upgrader tool that will hopefully help alleviate common issues that you might come across. You can find this upgrader in the Kubuntu Focus menu in the Application Launcher.

Automatic Hardware Configuration

You may have noticed when you logged-in one day after an update that your system automatically did some configurations. This was to enable some new hardware optimizations customized for your model of Kubuntu Focus computer. These optimizations come after hours of research and testing by the Kubuntu Focus development team to give your systems the best possible experience, performance, and energy usage.

Fan Profile Utility
Fan Icon

You now have a higher amount of control over the fans on your Kubuntu Focus notebook computer! By default, the power profile is set to a quiet profile, but it will run warmer under heavier workloads. To switch to a more linear, cooler profile, run the fan profile utility and simply switch it to “Linear (Performance)”. This may also be desirable when playing games.

Another tip: When on the “Linear (Performance)” mode, you can toggle your fans to full-speed mode by pressing [Fn]-[1] on your keyboard. This is especially helpful for high CPU- or GPU-intensive tasks to keep those processors cool and to increase the longevity of your Kubuntu Focus computer.

Community Support

Did you know there’s an entire Kubuntu community able to provide you with support outside of the hardware support we provide? Here’s just some of the community support that’s out there:

All of this information is available in the Kubuntu Focus help guide found in the desktop link or the launcher menu.

As always, if you have questions, please write support@kfocus.org or call 844-536-2871.

Sincerely, the Kubuntu Focus Team

Announcing Focus NX

Today the Kubuntu Focus team announces their latest system: The Focus NX small form factor desktop. This is their third model optimized for Kubuntu 22.04 LTS and the KDE Plasma interface.

Kubuntu Focus NX Quarter Shot

The Kubuntu Focus NX can be ordered with either the i5-1135G7 or i7-1165G7 11th generation Intel® CPU. Both are fast and power-efficient. They also include the Xe iGPU, which is often 3x faster than the prior-generation and drive up to four 4K displays concurrently. Systems are built to order and can be customized with up to 64 GB of 3200Mhz dual-channel RAM, 6 TB of total storage (2 TB NVMe, 4 TB SSD), and optional full disk encryption. Prices start at $695.

The NX has many high-speed ports and features to make connecting simple and fun:

Kubuntu Focus NX Front

The NX is perfect for developers, creators, and engineers that want or need compatibility with the OS that powers the internet and billions of other devices. We feel its tiny footprint, high performance, and the Kubuntu 22.04 LTS OS makes it a great choice for development workstations, office servers, and media centers. Thanks to the great port selection, one can easily add an eGPU to run large ML pipelines or turbo-charge rendering performance when needed. — Michael Mikowski, General Manager, The Kubuntu Focus Project

Kubuntu Focus NX Front
About Kubuntu Focus

Kubuntu Focus works to provide the best out-of-the-box Linux systems that save customers time every day. Optimized for KDE Plasma and Kubuntu LTS.

Paco Nathan is a renowned Machine Learning expert and consultant. Here's is what he has to say about his experience with the Focus M2:

KFocus pioneered ‘DevOps’ to the Desktop, which I leverage to run bare metal on a GPU laptop, in much the same environment as my HPC cluster in the cloud. No messing around with excuses like ‘brew’, ‘xcode’, or ridiculous paths that involve backslashes. Get to work straight away with zero tech giant overhead, while KFocus has your back with responsive experts, tested system management, and drama-free patches in daily package upgrades. Crunch your data and build large models without waiting for permission

Additional Information

Back-To-School Sale 2022

The Kubuntu Focus Team today announced their back-to-school sale featuring a $50 discount on the fast and ultra-portable Focus XE, now starting at $845. Students won’t have to wait either: most orders are “built, tested, and shipped within two business days with no additional express processing fees.” Customers can order the XE with up to 64GB of high-speed 3200Mhz Dual-Channel RAM, up to 2TB of 3500 Gbit/s NVMe storage, additional power supplies, and free full disk encryption. Every system uses the 11th Generation Intel Tiger Lake-UP3 processor in its most powerful 28W configuration.

We configure all our systems to provide the best out-of-the-box Linux experience for our customers. The XE is proven, affordable, and an ideal choice for students who want or need to understand the OS that powers the world’s IT infrastructure and billions of other devices. We think this form factor is great for highly mobile students: not only is it light and fast, but there are no expensive dongles or docks to forget because all the high-speed ports are built-in. You can, for example, easily plug in a camera card or attach multiple 4k monitors where ever you go. Thanks to efficient design and our power optimizations, one can enjoy up to 8 hours of real-world battery life. Just toss it in your backpack and go. — Michael Mikowski, General Manager, The Kubuntu Focus Project

About Kubuntu Focus

Kubuntu Focus takes the guesswork out of system configuration and administration, empowering developers and companies to focus on innovation. Eliminate days or weeks of setup with:

Kubuntu Focus Fourth-Generation M2

The search for a Linux laptop is over. I have been using Linux for over 25 years. Having the right hardware and the right software has always been a challenge. It has always been doable but in a crafty, artisanal, time-consuming way. It was an art. Kubuntu Focus has managed to industrialize this process so that the user has a similar or better experience than on a Mac or Windows. — Jean-Georges Perrin, author of Spark In Action

Additional Information

Kubuntu Focus Suite 22.04 LTS

The Kubuntu Focus Suite (KFS) 22.04 LTS is ready for your system! The Suite includes Kubuntu 22.04 LTS, KDE 5.24 LTS, and Focus Tools, configurations, and optimizations for your hardware. Check out the "Curated Apps" video to see how to install and launch apps while staying focused.

Kubuntu Focus Suite 22.04 LTS

We've worked since late 2021 to migrate to Kubuntu 22.04 and tested all existing models to ensure the hardware and software function as desired. Validated models include the M1, M2 GEN 1 through M2 GEN 4, and the XE GEN 1. We test kernel and driver updates on all models to ensure your system continues to work as expected.

When you are ready to upgrade, or if you just want to try KFS on your own VM, please use the clean install guide. Remember to back up your data first! Here are just a few of the many improvements found in KFS 22.04 LTS:

Installation supplies
About Kubuntu Focus

Kubuntu Focus takes the guesswork out of system configuration and administration, empowering developers and companies to focus on innovation. Eliminate days or weeks of setup with:

Write once and deploy with industry-standard Ubuntu® 22.04 LTS and the beautiful KDE Plasma desktop. Learn more at https://kfocus.org.

More Features and Fixes

This is a partial list of features the Focus team has provided for 22.04 support. * Update System Tray GPU Widget * Enable Super-Key Menu Launcher * Improve Virtual Terminal Fonts * Validate Kernels to 5.17.0-xxxx * Improve Decrypt Disk Interface II * Expand Web-Launch App and Repos * Validate MATLAB Simulink * Create for Slack desktop sign-in * Prevent Login Overlap on Multiple Screens (SDDM) * Create Post-Install Tool * Enhance System Report Tool * Fix Sleep-Resume USB Issue * Incorporate Fan Curves to Power Profiles * Enhance per-model Hardware Config Application * Enhance Web-Launch to Add On-Demand Repositories * Migrate to Drop-File KeyRing * Update GPU Libs Coordinated ML Package * Package QWE CLI Bookmarks * Audit and Update First-Run Wizard * Audit and Update Welcome Guide * Add Quieter Fan Curve Option * Change System Tray GPU Widget Reboot Handler * Add Hi-DPI Support for Desktop Theme Layouts * Refresh Jetbrains Integration Support * Upgrade NodeJS to latest LTS * Simplify Sound Configure * Update Quick Help Widget to Latest Plasma * Fix Decrypt Disk Interface Text Overlap * Add ML Libs Support * Add git-cola as Curated App Web-Launch * Enhance, Secure, Expand Curated App Web-Launch * Wrap Zoom to Ensure Correct Start * Update FocusRx for Jammy * Fix Decrypt Throbber Layout * Update Power Config to Brighten Screen on AC * Audit Power Management for Jammy * Update to GPU 510 Driver * Add Support Firefox Snap Web Launch * Add Support for Alder Lake Power Controls * Add Progress or Wait Bars to Wizards

Additional Information

Announcing Focus M2 GEN 4

The Kubuntu Focus Team announces the availability of the Fourth-Generation M2. This update is a game-changer, with substantial improvements in display, CPU, GPU, webcam, speakers, and storage.

Kubuntu Focus Fourth-Generation M2

The trim-and-light M2 GEN 4 laptop is a superb choice for anyone looking for the best out-of-the-box Linux experience with the most powerful mobile hardware. Customers include developers, data scientists, creators, and system administrators. All models are in-stock, starting from $1895, and begin shipping the week of 09 May 2022. Improvements from the prior generation include:

Audio and data ports include Thunderbolt 4, USB-C, HDMI, mDP, 2 USB 3.2 ports, RJ-45 Gb Ethernet, 2 multi-purpose audio jacks, and micro SD card reader. Customers can configure their build with a RTX 3060, 3070 Ti, or 3080 Ti, with up to 64GB of high-speed 3200Mhz Dual-Channel RAM, up to 4T of NVMe storage, and optional full disk encryption.

About Kubuntu Focus

Kubuntu Focus takes the guesswork out of system configuration and administration, empowering developers and companies to focus on innovation. Eliminate days or weeks of setup with:

Write once and deploy with industry-standard Ubuntu® 22.04 LTS and the beautiful KDE Plasma desktop. Learn more at https://kfocus.org.

Testimonial

The search for a Linux laptop is over. I have been using Linux for over 25 years. Having the right hardware and the right software has always been a challenge. It has always been doable but in a crafty, artisanal, time-consuming way. It was an art. Kubuntu Focus has managed to industrialize this process so that the user has a similar or better experience than on a Mac or Windows. — Jean-Georges Perrin, author of Spark In Action

Additional Information
See Us on Chris Titus Tech

See Us on Chris Titus Tech

One of our founders, Michael Mikowski, spoke with Chris Titus Tech on 04 February 2022 during a live stream. The first half of the presentation is an open-ended interview which covers many topics include some of the philosophy behind the Kubuntu Focus project. The second half covers hands-on, professional Bash scripting.

Newsletter 26 Nov 2021

Thank you for being a Kubuntu Focus newsletter subscriber. Read on to learn about the Black Friday Sale, a new kernel, improved JetBrains integration, improved guided solutions, and enhanced FocusRx and other tools.

Black Friday Sale

If you’ve been thinking about getting a Focus for you or someone you love, there’s never been a better time with the Black Friday Sale. There’s no hassle or fine print, just great savings on every system:

The third-generation M2 now features an 11th-generation Intel CPU, faster RAM, and Thunderbolt 4. All systems, including the base models, use only high-speed components. Order now for a limited time.

Black Friday Sale 2021
New Kernel Brings Power Enhancements

All Focus systems have been recently bumped to the 5.14 kernel. This includes a small patch we coordinated to eliminate display flicker for the latest M2. It also includes improved power management for 11th generation CPUs. We recently tested the M2 (GEN 3) and XE. with the new kernel. The M2 shows up to 6.5 hours of normal use, while the XE improves from 6.5 to 8 hours - an impressive 1.5 hour gain. All tests were done on with the default power-saving mode and 20% display brightness, and included standard web development tasks like browser (1-4 tabs), use of an IDE and database, web server, nodejs, and image editing.

Improved Jetbrains Integration

We have introduced two new packages, dolphin-plugins-jetbrains and plasma-runner-jetbrains, that integrate the JetBrains IDE tools into the desktop.

The JetBrains Toolbox package, jetbrains-toolbox now recommends these packages and should install them on upgrade for new and existing users.

Jetbrains Integration
New and Upgraded Guided Solutions

We've added quite a few articles and updates to the searchable guided solutions. Here are some highlights:

Enhanced FocusRx and Other Tools

FocusRx, the system repair and maintenance tool, is now more comprehensive and easier to use. Also, please remember that there are quite a few helpful tools besides FocusRx, and you can find them at Start Menu > Applications > Kubuntu Focus Tools. These could save you hours. For example, erase video flickering across all connected displays, or switch GCC tool chains, or install a ML Python Anaconda suite with just a click. Or you clean unused kernels, adjust keyboard colors (M2 only), select a power profile, or revisit any step in the welcome wizard.

Kubuntu Focus Tools

If you’re a fan of CLI, we encourage you try the qwe bookmark utility with autocomplete. Enter qwe -h into the terminal to learn how to use it. If it is not available, you can install it by adding it to your .bashrc file ( echo -e $'# Source qwe bookmarks source /usr/lib/kfocus-001/lib/qwe.source' >> ~/.bashrc; source ~/.bashrc ) and then try again.

If you have questions, please write support@kfocus.org or call 844-KFOCUS1. As always, we hope to see you again soon.

Sincerely, The Kubuntu Focus Team

Announcing Focus M2 GEN 3

The Kubuntu Focus Team announces the availability of the third-generation Focus M2 Linux mobile workstation with multiple performance enhancements. RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 models are in stock now. RTX 3060 models can be reserved now and ship first week of November.

Kubuntu Focus Third-Generation M2

The thin-and-light M2 laptop is a superb choice for anyone looking for the best out-of-the-box Linux experience on the most powerful mobile hardware. Customers include ML scientists, developers, and creators. Improvements to the 3rd generation include:

The GPU choices include the RTX 3060, 3070, or 3080 with up to 16GB of VRAM. Skip the dongles with plenty of high-speed ports and the ability to drive 3 external 4k displays with standard cables. Learn more on the product page.

About Kubuntu Focus

Kubuntu Focus takes the guesswork out of system configuration and administration and empowers developers and companies to focus on innovation. Eliminate days or weeks of setup with:

Testimonials

Watch Jeffrey Fritz use the Kubuntu Focus M2 every Monday and Tuesday during October 2021 on the LiveCoders DotNet Channel. Here's is what he has to say about his experience:

The Kubuntu Focus team is always providing great support, on the phone, in the device, and with updates delivered. The cheat sheet desktop wizard is just a great visualization of how they’re there, providing tips and helping you even when you’re not immediately looking for it. - Jeffrey Fritz, Founder of Live Coders on Twitch.

Paco Nathan is a pioneer and esteemed consultant in Machine Learning. Here is what he has to say about Focus M2:

KFocus pioneered ‘DevOps’ to the Desktop, which I leverage to run bare metal on a GPU laptop, in much the same environment as my HPC cluster in the cloud. No messing around with excuses like ‘brew’, ‘xcode’, or ridiculous paths that involve backslashes. Get to work straight away with zero tech giant overhead, while KFocus has your back with responsive experts, tested system management, and drama-free patches in daily package upgrades. Crunch your data and build large models without waiting for permission — Paco Nathan, Derwen AI.

Focus XE Now Available

The Kubuntu Focus Team announces the affordable Focus XE 14-inch laptop. This ultra-portable and energy-efficient system is a great choice for developers, creators, and those who are looking for the best out-of-the-box Linux experience but don't need the power, complexity, or expense of a dedicated GPU.

Kubuntu Focus XE Now Available

Highlights include the fast and power-efficient Intel 11th generation CPUs with graphics that are 3 times faster than the prior generation. Numerous high-speed audio and data ports include Thunderbolt 4 and the capacity to attach multiple 4K displays. Customers can customize their XE with up to 64GB of high-speed 3200Mhz Dual-Channel RAM, and up to 2T of NVMe storage.

About Kubuntu Focus

Kubuntu Focus provides the ultimate Linux systems and solutions for developers, engineers, and scientists. Save valuable time every day with carefully selected curated apps, custom tools, hundreds of UX and hardware optimizations, and high-performance premium components. The Kubuntu OS combines the industry-standard Ubuntu® 20.04 LTS with the beautiful yet familiar KDE Plasma desktop.

Testimonial

The search for a Linux laptop is over. I have been using Linux for over 25 years. Having the right hardware and the right software has always been a challenge. It has always been doable, but in a crafty, artisanal, time-consuming way. It was an art. K-Focus has industrialize this process so that the user has a similar or better experience than on a Mac or Windows. They made the right compromises to build a durable offering for engineers, scientists, and media professionals - Jean-Georges Perrin, author of Spark In Action.

Kubuntu Focus In the News

With the launch of the Kubuntu Focus XE, we once again found ourselves in the news. Check out the following articles and news publications from around the web.

Kubuntu Focus In the News

Focus M2GEN 2 Back In Stock

Quite a few subscribers asked us to notify them when the RTX 30-Series M2’s came back in stock, and here they are. Most orders are built and shipped in just a day or two. If you want the 3080, please order soon as the supply is very limited.

One key feature we find especially interesting is the 16 GB RTX 3080 GPU. You can find all the updated benchmarks in the Specs Page. What really makes our eyes pop, though, is the 16 GB of VRAM. That’s larger than almost all laptop and desktop GPUs. This gives data scientists unprecedented power and capacity for Deep Learning prototypes and development in a thin-and-light laptop.

We have also been busy updating the Guided Solutions. Highlights include a simplified clean install guide, an update email guide for Thunderbird 78, and an extensively expanded Help and FAQ guide. We have also created all-new guides on Installation Recovery, Upgrade 18.04, and installing a desktop Weather Widget. We hope you find these useful.

Our final enhancement should please the AI geeks out there: it’s now easier than ever to install CUDA, cuDNN libraries, and meta-packages thanks to careful orchestration between Ubuntu and NVIDIA repositories. Just install kfocus-001-cuda and all libraries are correctly pulled from all the right places for use by Steam, Lutris, and the entire Deep Learning Suite (TensorFlow, Pytorch, Jupyter Notebook, etc).

Focus M2 GEN 2 with RTX 30-series GPU

Announcing Focus M2GEN 2

Kubuntu Focus M2 GEN 2

The Kubuntu Focus team announces the immediate availability of the NVIDIA RTX 30 series GPUs for their second-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 scores of Guided Solutions and unparalleled support, your shortest path to Linux success is a Focus System.

The Focus M2 is smaller, lighter, and more ergonomic than the prior generation M1. It features a faster 10th-generation Intel 5.0 GHz 8c/16t CPU, 2993 MHz 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.

Newsletter 22 Feb 2021

Added QWE. This QWE command-line bookmark systems enables users to create, delete, and use directory bookmarks with convenience and ease, and includes tab auto-complete. Run the following in a terminal to try it out:

if ! grep -q qwe.source ~/.bashrc; then echo 'source /usr/lib/kfocus-001/lib/qwe.source' \ >> ~/.bashrc; fi source ~/.bashrc qwe -h

Removed Auto-Start Applications. We replaced many auto-start applications on first sign-in. These are now handled by the first-run wizard.

Added a First-Run Wizard. You may now run the first-run wizard on demand. Just click Start Menu > System > Kubuntu Focus Welcome Setup.

Added a FocusRX Launcher. The system already auto-runs FocusRx on login to check for out-of-band updates for your system. If you want to check for any other reason, it is now easy to launch from the menu. Just click Start Menu > System > Kubuntu FocusRx.

Enlarged /boot Partition. We have doubled the size of the /boot partition to 1.0 GB for new installations to help accommodate more kernels.

Moved CUDA to a Separate Package. Not everyone wants or needs the NVIDIA deep learning libraries installed and enabled from the first boot. We have packaged the CUDA libraries into their own separate package, providing more choice and flexibility for users in how they configure the Graphics Processing Unit.

Kubuntu Focus February 2021

Added Kernel Cleanup GUI. This to provides a clean and simple GUI to remove unused Kernels in the newly extend /boot partition while retaining the in-use kernel, the latest HWE kernel, the latest mainline kernel, and the real-time variants.

VirtualBox 6.1 Update

VirtualBox 6.1 Update

We have added the official Oracle repository to provide VirtualBox. Unlike the stock version, these newer build support kernel versions 5.8 and greater. To upgrade, open a terminal and enter the following:

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

We suggest you download the extension pack. 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.

Kubuntu Focus Themes

Kubuntu Focus Themes

Three Kubuntu Focus Themes are now available. Use 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.

The Most Unique Laptop

Chris Titus dives deep into the Kubuntu Focus M2. He shares his findings in The Most Unique Laptop video.

Chris puts the Focus M2 through a full workout. He runs performance tests, virtualization, machine learning, gaming, and more. He also assesses the quality of the hardware, the components, and customer support. Here are some of our favorite quotes:

Check out all the features that make the Focus special on this website. Order yours today and it ships tomorrow!

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