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Kubuntu Focus at Developer Productivity Conference

Director of UX and Packaging Erich Eickmeyer and Founder & CTO Michael Mikowski recently presented at the live@manning Developer Productivity Conference. The topic was creating highly curated and reproducible Linux systems so developers can clear their mind and focus on what they do best. Examples were shown using the Kubuntu Focus.

NVIDIA Driver 460

NVIDIA Driver 460

After comprehensive testing, we have updated NVIDIA drivers. Regression tests include suspend-resume, OpenGL and Vulkan, Deep Learning, Optix, and video encoding.

This driver provides some welcome improvements. Compositing is faster and tearing appears reduced. If you want to check your installation, you may run FocusRx by entering the following into a terminal:

# Elect to run package-check when prompted focusrx -f

Suspend and resume have been improved. We have eliminated graphical artifacts with adjustments to KDE and NVIDIA configurations. We now also ensure the Jetbrains Toolbox app (along with others) no longer blocks suspend.

Hardware Enablement Stack

Hardware Enablement Stack

The Focus suite enables the OEM 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

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

MacBook Pro Replacement?

Jeff Geerling, a vested Mac user and Explorer of ALL THE THINGS technology, deep dives in this comparative review. For the user considering the move from 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 the 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 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 wallpaper, 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 lock screen.

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

Expanded Guided Solutions

Expanded Guided Solutions

We have expanded Guided Solutions. New articles include Emails-Calendars-Contacts and External Displays. We also reviewed and updated other articles to ensure they are current.

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

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 a Focus system.

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

Get unparalleled customer support. The Focus team provides 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.

Find additional product photos and graphics at the shared drive. 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 Focus systems 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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