System76 has been selling PCs that ship with Linux pre-installed for years. But for most of that time the company has worked with third-party manufacturers. A few years ago System76 announced plans to establish its own factory in Denver. Since then, the company has begun building its own desktops and keyboards.
Now the company’s CEO says the first System76 laptop built in-house is on the way, and he’s posted pictures of an aluminum LCD panel that he says will be part of the upcoming notebook.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
System76 Teases Their “Virgo” In-House Manufactured Laptop [Phoronix]
Linux PC maker System76 has started manufacturing desktop computers and keyboards at their Denver-based factory. Now the company has begun to tease “Virgo,” its first laptop manufactured in house.
Google Drive does a surprise rollout of file limits, locking out some users [Ars Technica]
Google Drive has implemented a limit on the number of files users can store, which means that even if those files take up less disk space than you’re paying for (or get for free). But Google hasn’t officially announced this new limit.
After disrupting businesses, Google Drive’s secret file cap is dead for now [Ars Technica]
Without notice, Google recently rolled out a 5-million file limit on Google Drive users, even if they didn’t use up all their available disk space. The move was unsurprisingly not popular. Now Google has removed the cap.
Introducing the Microsoft Surface Thunderbolt 4 Dock [Microsoft]
Microsoft’s new Surface Thunderbolt 4 Dock works with the Surface pro 9, Surface Laptop 5, and Surface Studio… as well as any other USB 4 or Thunderbolt 3/4 device. The $300 dock supports 96W pass-through power 2.5 GbE Ethernet & 2 x 4K displays (but it has no DisplayPort or HDMI ports).
Ubuntu Touch OTA-25 Release [UBPorts]
The final build of Ubuntu Touch based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, the operating system is rolling out for dozens of supported phones and tablets.
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As far as I know, no one is making a Linux focused laptop with a 360 degree hinge and pressure sensitive stylus support right now. If system76, or anyone else, were to make such a computer, it would only expand its niche in the market compared to the clamshells they’ve been making so far.
I’d like to see PopOS team up with Frameworks to build their laptops. But the modularity would be a bug-induced nightmare for Linux.
I’ve already been using Pop OS on my 11th gen i5 framework for years without any issues…