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Kubuntu Focus Laptop is Now Ready for Pre-Order » Linux Magazine

The Kubuntu Focus is a new Linux laptop effort set to marry the Kubuntu Linux distro and a laptop aimed specifically for gamers, power users, developers, video editors, and anyone who seeks performance and seamless Linux compatibility.

And now, this brand new laptop is ready for pre-order.

The laptop was born from a collaboration between Kubuntu, Tuxedo Computers, and MindShareManagement Inc. The Focus will not only highlight the KDE desktop environment, it will be the first officially recognized laptop created specifically for the Kubuntu Linux distribution.

But before you visit the site for pre-order, understand this is a premium piece of hardware with a premium price tag. The hardware specs alone should clue you in on the price. The base model includes:

  • Display – Full HD 16.1-inch matte 1080p IPS 144Hz.
  • CPU – 6-core/12-threads Intel Core i7-9750H processor with 4.5GHz Turbo.
  • GPU – Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 with PhysX and CUDA graphics card.
  • RAM – 32 GB Dual Channel DDR4 2666 RAM.
  • Storage – 1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe SSD.

You can bump the RAM up to 64GB and the GPU to an NVIDIA RTX 2080.

Other noteworthy features include:

  • Backlit keyboard.
  • Kensington lock.
  • NVMe and SSD near-silent operation.
  • Temperature controlled fans.
  • Metal surface chassis and plastic bottom.
  • Dual Mode Bluetooth 5.
  • Optical S/PDIF output.
  • 2-in-1 audio.
  • 6-in-1 card reader.
  • Full disk encryption.

The base unit sells for $2,395.00 USD. A maxed out version will set you back $3,555.00. The units are set to start shipping in February 2020. For more details (as well as benchmarks), check out the Kubuntu Focus main site.

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Linux Developers Start Poaching Microsoft Users After Windows 7 End of Support

Windows 7 has officially reached the end of support, so users running it have three options to choose from: stick with Windows 7 and face the obvious security risks, upgrade to newer Windows, or migrate to a non-Windows platform. As far as the last option goes, Linux distro makers know how big this opportunity really is, so they started poaching Windows 7 users in an attempt to increase their install base.

After Canonical tried to lure Windows 7 users to install Ubuntu, a number of Korean companies developing their own custom Linux distros have launched similar campaigns specifically supposed to convince Microsoft customers to make the switch.

[Source: Softpedia]

A New Desktop Theme Is Coming For Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

With Ubuntu 20.04 to see installation on many desktops (and servers) given its Long-Term Support status, Canonical and the Yaru community team have begun working on a successor to the Yaru theme for this Linux distribution release due out in April.

Yaru has been the default Ubuntu theme since 18.10 but now a year and a half later is time for some refinements. The Yaru design team was recently at Canonical’s London offices to work on the new theme.

[Source: Phoronix]

Firefox 72 Released with Improved Tracking Protection + More

Mozilla Firefox 72 is now available to download, the latest in the web browser’s new monthly release cycle. The headline change in Firefox 72 for Linux and macOS users is out-of-the-box support for picture-in-picture video support on sites like YouTube and Netflix.
[Source: OMG! Ubuntu]

GCC 10 Link-Time Optimization Benchmarks On AMD Threadripper

Stemming from the recent news in Fedora 32 potentially LTO’ing packages by default for better performance and not yet having checked on the Link-Time Optimization performance of the in-development GCC 10, here is a fresh look at the possible performance gains from making use of link-time optimizations for generating faster binaries. This round of testing was done on the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and is complementary to the recent Profile Guided Optimization benchmarks.

This round of testing was on the Ryzen Threadripper 3960X while running Ubuntu 19.10 and with the Linux 5.4 kernel. GCC 10.0 as of December was used for testing as the newest snapshot at the time of testing and building the compiler in release mode.

GCC 10 was used to build a variety of C/C++ software packages with the Phoronix Test Suite. The base round of testing was done when setting “-O3 -march=native” for the base metrics, then testing link-time optimizations with “-O3 -march=native -flto”, and then lastly a run with “-O3 -march=native -flto -fwhole-program.” Per the GCC documentation on the whole-program option, “Assume that the current compilation unit represents the whole program being compiled. All public functions and variables with the exception of main and those merged by attribute externally_visible become static functions and in effect are optimized more aggressively by interprocedural optimizers.