OS, Components, and Duration

OS, Components, and Duration

System Support

As of June 2024, all new models ship with the Kubuntu Focus Suite 24.04 LTS (Noble). This version is supported with ongoing feature enhancements through its support period ending in April 2027. The prior LTS, 22.04 LTS (Jammy) remains supported in maintenance mode (no new features) until April 2025.

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Supported OSes

Supported OSes

Kubuntu Long-Term Support release cycles last for three (3) years. The release code is shown in the format YYYY.MM. Kubuntu 24.04 LTS was released in April 2024 and is supported through April 2027. Kubuntu 22.04 LTS was released in April 2022 and is supported through April 2025.

As of June 2024, all new models ship with the Kubuntu Focus Suite 24.04 LTS (Noble). This version is supported with ongoing feature enhancements through its support period. The prior LTS, 22.04 LTS (Jammy) remains supported in maintenance mode (no new features) until its support period expires.

Transitioning 22.04 to 24.04

All systems that were shipped with 22.04 LTS remain supported on that version. When 24.04 LTS validation is finalized on all prior supported models, the official ISO will be posted on the Download and Clean Install pages, and customers will be notified via email.

We expect the process of completing validation on 10 prior models to complete in June or July 2024, although it could take until August 2024, when the official Kubuntu upgrade ISO, 24.04.1, drops.

Calamares Installer p01

See the Model Matrix to get the support duration and status for all models released. See the Validation Matrix for a listing of the components tested during the 3+ year support period.

Kubuntu Focus Support Benefits

Optimize for your hardware. Focus systems are tuned and maintained for your hardware. As an illustration, when you move a disk from one Focus system to another, the OS configures to the hardware on the next boot. Adjustments include kernel parameters, GPU drivers, input devices, and screen density.

Run validated updates. Like your own I.T. department, we release important updates only after we've tested them for Focus hardware. This includes updates for kernels, GPU drivers, desktops, and popular apps. For example, when upstream proposes an updated kernel, we make sure Sleep-Resume, BlueTooth, Wi-Fi, multiple displays, and hundreds of other features continue to work.

Use proven components. Focus systems use Linux-compatible, high-quality components. Examples include Intel CPUs, WI-FI cards, and Nvidia GPUs. The GPUs provide the advanced features, like OptiX and cuDNN, that pro users require.

Write once and deploy with an industry-standard Ubuntu LTS environment. Skip the error-prone emulators, library hacks, and separate tool chains required with proprietary laptops.

Find answers fast with searchable, and detailed Guided Solutions. These are HOWTO article written and maintained specifically for Focus hardware.

Get focused support. We support only a single Linux distribution because that allows us to provide deep support and guidance.

Fix issues the first time with Linux experts who understand the needs of developers and businesses. We strive to resolve issues quickly and completely, and then we put that experience into HOWTO and software updates.

Make hard things easy with Curated Apps and Focus Tools. With Curated Apps, you can browse recommended apps for your needs, and click on an icon to install and launch it. With Focus Tools, use a few clicks to run an AI development suite or switch the system compiler tool-chain. Launch a tool to prevent video tearing on all attached displays, fine-tune power management, or many more.

Select Hardware

All models are user-serviceable and use compatible, quality components.

Welcome Wizard

The Welcome Wizard configures features many developers need.

Hint Widget

Every model has its own 11-page desktop Hints Widget.

System Rollback

System Rollback snapshots and restores the system.

Focus Tools

Simple yet powerful Focus Tools make hard things easy.

FocusRx

FocusRx identifies and fixes common system issues.

MODEL MATRIX

SYSTEM VALIDATION

Model are support for a minimum of 3 years after last sale. We maintain bench systems for each and test upgrades on them. This includes all distribution upgrades, kernel upgrades (with peripheral tests), major graphics drivers updates, Focus tools, and major desktop updates. Click on the model below to see the specification page.

Detail
Year
Model
Name
Kernel
6.5/6.8 hwe
iGPU
i915
dGPU
Nvidia 535
Desktop
Plasma 5.27
Apps
Curated
2024 i9-14900HX
M2 GEN 5
2024 Ir16 GEN 2
2024 Ir14 GEN 2
2023 i9-13900HX
M2 GEN 5
2023 Ir14 GEN 1
2023 NX GEN 2
2023 XE GEN 2
2022 M2 GEN 4
2022 NX GEN 1
2021 M2 GEN 3
2021 M2 GEN 2
2021 XE GEN 1
2020 M2 GEN 1
2020 M1 GEN 1

JUST-WORKS BLISS

We release important updates only after we’ve tested them for your hardware. We work with KDE, Kubuntu, Ubuntu, and other teams to help fix issues too. Actions include submitting and tracking bugs, testing and reporting, creating feature proposals, developing code changes, and even assembling kernel patches.

The Focus Team performs validation in good faith to deliver better and more reliable software; however, this cannot change the Terms of Use of any software package. Please see this page for instructions on how to locate the terms for each package.

check Kernels + Devices

The Focus Team runs extensive automated and manual tests when the upstream proposes any kernel update. We test many external and internal devices, connectors, and usage scenarios.

  • Power Saver Subsystem
  • Hardware Config Subsystem
  • Full System Stress Test
  • CPU with Benchmarks
  • AI Support Libraries
  • GPU AI Machine Learning Suite Perf Tests
  • GPU Graphics Drivers with Steam
  • GPU Switching
  • Bluetooth Audio
  • Analog and HDMI Audio
  • Suspend and Resume with Peripheral Resume
  • Hot-plugging
  • Touchpad
  • Attached Display with Brightness
  • Onboard Webcam and Mic
  • Onboard Keyboard LEDs
  • Wi-Fi and Wired Network
  • USB External SD Card Reader
  • USB External Webcam
  • USB External Microphone
  • USB, Wireless Keyboards, Mice
  • 3 or 4 Simultaneous Displays

check Desktop + Apps

The Focus Team runs extensive automated and manual tests when the upstream proposes major update to KDE Plasma or Frameworks.

  • AI Support Libraries
  • Activities and Virtual Desktops
  • All Core Desktop Themes
  • Desktop Help Links
  • Extra Tests for JetBrains, Insync, Dropbox, Steam
  • Extra Tests for KeePassXC, BackInTime
  • Extra Tests for Zoom, Slack, Skype, IntelliJ
  • GPU AI Machine Learning Suite Perf Tests
  • GPU Graphics Drivers with Steam
  • GPU Switching
  • Icon Placement
  • Input Gestures
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Kubuntu Focus Tools
  • Laptop Hot Keys
  • Launch and Basics for All Curated Apps
  • Power Saver Subsystem
  • Quick Help Widget Content
  • System Tray Operations
  • Wallpapers
  • Welcome Wizard

check GPU + AI Drivers

The Focus Team runs extensive automated and manual tests when the upstream proposes a major update to GPU drivers. We also coordinate the integration of CUDA, ML, and AI libraries with the official Ubuntu GPU drivers.

  • Accommodations for eGPUs
  • GPU AI Machine Learning Installation and Benchmark
  • GPU Graphics Benchmarks
  • Steam and Simulation Apps, Vulkan and OpenGL
  • Updates to AI Libraries

Models support extends for a minimum of 3 years after the last date of sale.

Revisions

This is a partial revision history. See the git repository for all entries.

Disclaimer

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