Less than a year after launching the HP Dev One thin, light, and powerful laptop aimed at developers, HP has discontinued the product. The company says it stopped selling the Dev One on January 30th, 2023 and currently has no plans for a new model.

But HP tells Liliputing that it will continue to offer support to existing customers “through January 2026 or three years from purchase date.”

While HP hasn’t indicated why the Dev One was discontinued, the company did release a statement saying that “our customers are at the center of our portfolio strategy, and we will continue to evolve our offerings to best meet their needs.”

Reading between the lines, it sounds like HP may not have sold enough Dev One laptops to justify a Dev Two. But I suppose it’s also possible that the company could launch a new model one day and just isn’t ready to make any announcements yet.

Rival PC maker Dell, meanwhile, has been selling XPS 13 Developer Edition laptops with Ubuntu Linux for more than ten years. But that ongoing project has probably been a lot cheaper to maintain, as Dell is just swapping out Windows for Linux on an existing product, while HP’s developer-focused Linux laptop was a brand new device from the company when it launched in mid-2022.

The HP Dev One laptop features a 14 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel, 1000 nit display, an AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 5850U octa-core processor with Radeon Vega 8 graphics, 16GB of DDR4 memory, 1TB of PCIe Gen 3 storage, a 720p webcam, stereo upward-facing speakers, dual microphones, a backlit, spill-resistant keyboard.

It supports WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 and has USB Type-C and Type-A ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, 3.5mm audio jack, and a 53 Wh battery and 65W charger.

Weighing 3.24 pounds and measuring 0.8 inches thick, the laptop was designed for coding (or other activities) on the go. And it was the first computer from a company other than System76 that I’m aware of to ship with Pop!_OS (an operating system developed by System76 for its own PCs).

via Phoronix

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  1. WTH? They never sold them to the public. There was literally no way to buy them online or in a retail store. Total vaporware. All you could do was send them a message and hope they responded. (Which in my case, they didn’t.)

  2. More than likely it was sales coupled pressure from Microsoft. I’ve been out of the loop for long time, but preloaded systems were usually limited runs and by the time the public found out about them they were sold out. Google NX400. Linux Mag did a review of the notebook and by the time the review hit the streets, the preloaded notebooks where gone.

    IMHO they really didn’t put much marketing into them at first. I think that was due to Microsoft’s pressure. I remember when one Linux notebook came out. You never saw anything like “HP recommends Linux’.

    To be fair, they did make an effort to make them accessable. But it never was a focus for them. The notebooks and desktops that had Linux on them were pretty good and certified for a few distributions.

  3. When will these manufacturers learn? Hardware to run Linux isn’t necessary. Any Linux user is capable of buying a Windows or barebones system, creating an installer USB with Rufus and doing the “restart with F8 key” thing.

    No, what these manufacturers need is to create their own Linux OS. Take Ubuntu, Debian or Arch and … make it appealing and useful to the average person. Rip off the macOS or Windows desktop (for now while you do 5 years of UX/UI research to do a better one) and yes this is totally legal. And create your own app store that is prominently displayed on the homescreen, and fork a bunch of apps for your users to use. Like fork Kdenlive for video editing, LibreOffice for a productivity suite, etc.

    Make a better, easier Linux user experience and then sell your hardware with your OS. It is what Google did with ChromeOS and it is what Valve is doing with SteamOS. So long as you keep pushing hardware for the 1% of the population that wants to run Linux on their desktop you are going to fail. Finally, whatever made HP think that Pop OS was going to be popular with developers? Pop OS is just an inferior version of Ubuntu Studio. Thanks to System76 for trying, but more effort needs to be done there, especially with the apps.

  4. Linux would have bigger market if chips had to have from turn on drivers and icon based user interface like android, windows etc.

    Leave the command line for developers etc IMO

    1. I don’t think it got discontinued because too many people dislike linux. They didn’t buy it because it didn’t really stand out in terms of hardware and features and generally speaking a typical x86 laptop runs linux well enough.

  5. I would have liked to buy a Dev One, but HP did not ship them to Canada or even to my mailbox in the USA. The refurbished ones on eBay did not ship to Canada either. So, I ended up installing Pop!_OS on my Chinese fanless hardware and make an annual contribution to developers.