Sign of the Times: The New HP Dev One Laptop Comes With Pop!_OS

Just we were pointing out a few weeks back that Ubuntu is clearly losing ground as a gaming distro, we can now see it’s not just the gaming world that is affected: laptops made for developers may now be switching to something else too. HP has just revealed that its new HP Dev One laptop will ship with Pop!_OS, which is developed by System76.

The New HP Dev One Laptop Comes With Pop!_OS

Here’s what you get for $1,099:

  • Pop!_OS preinstalled
  • 8-Core AMD Ryzen™ 7 PRO processor¹
  • 16GB memory DDR4 @ 3200MHz
  • 1TB fast PCIe NVMe M.2 storage²
  • 14″ diagonal FHD anti-glare display
  • AMD Radeon™ G
  • Release date… unknown, but coming “soon” so presumably this summer?
  • No Windows key!
No Windows Key! Instead, a “Super” one.

Not bad specs all things considered, but I would point out that:

  • I’d like to know if the RAM can be expanded. Sometimes devs need 32GB for example when working with VMs.
  • FHD still? Nothing against Full HD, but it would be nice to have access to higher resolutions as well. Especially on Linux, if a manufacturer provides a configuration where Hi-DPI is properly supported across numerous applications, that would be a strong selling point.

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Let’s not forget that nowadays when it comes to running laptops with Linux pre-installed, you have other brands such as:

If you are on the market for something very cheap that works pretty much out of the box, don’t forget that used Lenovo Thinkpads are also usually a very good choice in terms of proper Linux support. We had a whole article dedicated to this, you might want to check it out.

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Good riddance, Ubuntu.