Install the Kubuntu Focus Suite. This includes Kubuntu 22.04 LTS, curated apps, hardware optimizations, and UX preferences.
A clean install can sometimes be the quickest solution to fix a corrupted system. The Kubuntu Focus Suite includes Kubuntu 22.04 LTS, curated apps, dozens of optimizations, and UX preferences. The goal is to provide an optimal experience out-of-the-box with the applications and Guided Solutions you need the most.
You don’t need to own a Focus to try or use the Kubuntu Focus Suite. You may try an ISO Image for free. If you decide to install on your own VM or hardware, backup your data and test first, as some optimizations could conflict with some devices. YMMV, although we have seen excellent results with many computers.
For installation on a Focus device, we supply a custom-made Kubuntu ISO disk image tailored to provide the Kubuntu Focus Suite.
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.
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 (M1, M2, and XE), six other laptops, and multiple 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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