Perform a clean install if you want to run the OS on a computer or vitual machine; or to restore a system that has been corrupted; or to upgrade the OS from a prior LTS.
The Kubuntu Focus Suite provides Kubuntu 22.04 LTS, Focus Tools, curated apps, UX preferences, and hardware optimizations. It is designed to provide a highly functional experience out-of-the-box with easily discoverable Guided Solutions professional developers need the most.
You don’t need to own a Focus to try or use the Kubuntu Focus Suite. You can download the ISO for free. It is tested on all Focus models sold since 2019. It also works well on VMs, on other Intel + Nvidia systems,, and users have reported success with AMD systems as well.
The Kubuntu Focus Suite is designed, tested, and supported on Kubuntu Focus devices.
F2to enter the BIOS screen. Select
Boot Managerin the top center menu list, and then select the USB drive from which to boot. There should be only one USB drive, and the name will change depending on which brand drive you use.
Start Kubuntuoption and press
Enter. After about a minute, the system should present you with a graphical menu to Try or Install Kubuntu. If this does not occur after 2 minutes, try again with the
Start Kubuntu (safe graphics)option.
Install Kubuntu. Follow the instructions on the screen.
Download updates while installing Kubuntu, and leave other options unchecked (see screenshot). The system will later guide you to install third-party drivers for the GPU if needed.
Guided - use entire diskfor unencrypted disks and
Guided - use entire disk and set up encrypted LVMfor full-disk encryption. If you choose the latter, DO NOT FORGET THE PASSWORD YOU CREATE, as it cannot be recovered.
VM Settings > General > Disk Encryption.
We recommend using the Kubuntu Focus Suite ISO on Intel and NVIDIA systems. Please run a live session before committing to an installation, and always back up your data. Known issues include the following:
This is a partial revision history. See the
git repository for all entries.
2023-04-25 19f0fa02Update Ir14g1, M2g5
2022-12-14 984993c4Add Link to clean-install backup advice
2022-07-11 19b39e5aAdd 22.04 Known Issues
2022-06-20 abff0762Add 22.04 LTS details
2022-01-24 e6c509c6Add option details and images to ISO guide
2021-10-25 7bf9f4a5Remove VM and use ISO exclusively
2021-10-10 5728326eReformat to 2-column
2021-09-22 dc862884Update link and headline colors
2021-08-23 681261b4Review and update codeblocks
2021-06-09 ef3ea572Open external links in new tabs
2021-04-22 5109fae2Update to use ISO for this solution
2021-01-11 dcc9c438Add install-focal.sh script
2020-06-10 c4ed9299Restructure layout
2020-05-20 f776dc20Remove proprietary install option
2020-04-20 8959836bUse apt-get, streamline process
2020-04-20 7b06252bFirst publication
2020-04-14 5a096eb3Clarify VM use
 The Kubuntu Focus team uses the Suite regularly on over a dozen different hardware configurations. These include the official models (Ir14, M1, M2, NX, XE), other laptops, and desktop systems.
 The Live environment does not have the NVIDIA drivers installed and, as such, cannot perform advanced GPU-intensive tasks, such as machine learning and AI development. To use these features, the Kubuntu Focus Suite and the
kfocus-nvidia package must be installed on a Kubuntu Focus M1 or M2 system.
We try hard to provide a useful solution validated by professionals. However, we cannot anticipate every situation, and therefore cannot guarantee this procedure will work for your needs. Always backup your data and test the solution to determine the correct procedure for you.
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