The (updated) history of Android (Ars Technica)

By ris Ars Technical covers
the history of Android
from version 0.5 to 7.0 “Nougat”. “One of the most interesting additions to Nougat is a revamp of the app framework to allow for resizable apps. This allowed Google to implement split screen on phones and tablets, picture-in-picture on Android TV, and a mysterious floating windowed mode. We’ve been able to access the floating window mode with some software trickery, but we’ve yet to see Google use it in an actual product. Is it being aimed at desktop computing?

From: LWN


System76 brings Ubuntu to $699 laptop with Kaby Lake chips

By Agam Shah

If Windows 10 isn’t your cup of tea, System76 has a new Ubuntu laptop with Intel’s Kaby Lake chip that won’t burn your wallet.

The 14-inch Lemur laptop starts at $699, a more affordable price for cost-sensitive users than Dell’s Ubuntu-based XPS 13 Developer Edition, which starts at $949.

“We don’t have any Mac tax or Windows tax that goes into [Lemur],” said Ryan Sipes, community manager at System76.

Despite having a free OS, Dell’s XPS 13 laptop has been criticized for being more expensive than the XPS 13 with Windows 10, which starts at $799.99. The Lemur is has many features in common with the XPS 13 DE, though it isn’t as slick-looking.

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