Pop!_OS is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution with a custom user interface and feature set designed to make multitasking easy, among other things.
What’s particularly interesting here though is that while Pop!_OS is a free and open source operating system that can be downloaded and installed on many different PCs, it’s developed by Linux laptop company System76. Up until a few years ago, System76 shipped Ubuntu on all of its laptops, but now customers have a choice of Ubuntu or Pop!_OS.
As far as I’m aware, HP is the first company other than System76 to choose Pop!_OS as the default operating system for a laptop.
In case the name didn’t make it clear, HP is positioning the HP Dev One as a mobile computer aimed at developers. But it could be an appealing option for anyone lookin for a Linux laptop.
At $1099, it’s priced competitively with System76’s own computers. And the specs look pretty decent. It will have a full HD display, 16GB of DDR4-3200 memory, 1TB of PCIe NVMe M.2 storage, and an AMD Ryzen 7 Pro processor (although HP doesn’t say which generation the chip will be, so it’s unclear if we’re talking about a Ryzen 7 5000 or 6000 series processor.
While HP hasn’t revealed many other details yet, a look at the picture on the HP Dev One website indicates that the notebook will have stereo upward-facing speakers, a pointing stick in the center of the keyboard in addition to a touchpad, and a webcam and dual microphones above the display. The keyboard will also be designed for Linux, with a Super key rather than a Windows key.
System76 CEO Carl Richell says the HP Dev One is a result of a partnership between his company and HP that’s been “months in the making,” and HP has been trained to provide technical support for Pop!_OS issues. He also says that while HP has published a website for the HP Dev One, a “real announcement is coming later,” so we should have more information about specs and availability at some point down the road.