HP and System76 team up to launch a high-end Linux laptop
HP has long made Linux available on its laptops, but that has never been a priority for the Silicon Valley giant. For example, if you want a high-end HP ZBook Studio G8 mobile workstation with Ubuntu Linux 20.04 for not quite $4,000, you can get it…in mid-October. System76, a small Linux-focused OEM, can get you a high-quality Lemur Pro 14 without so many bells and whistles for $1,359 with Ubuntu 22.04 or System76’s own version on Ubuntu, Pop! _OS 22.04, early June.
You’d think these two wouldn’t have much in common. You would be wrong. We now know that HP and System76 have joined forces to release a new developer laptop, the HP Dev One, later this year for just $1,099.
A Linux laptop designed just for developers, where have we heard that before? Oh that’s right! From Dell with its XPS 13 Linux Developer Edition. For a decade, Dell has offered this Ubuntu Linux-powered laptop to open-source programmers. Soon Dell will have competition.
The HP Dev One is ready for action with an 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 PRO processor. This is backed up with 16GB of fast DDR4. To store your local data, it will come with fast 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 storage.
For graphics, you’ll get a 14-inch diagonal Full High Definition (FHD1920x1080P) anti-glare display. This screen will be driven by an AMD Radeon Graphics chipset.
Pop!_OS, despite its odd name, is a hugely popular Ubuntu-based Linux distribution. It is renowned for its stability and its own interesting take on the GNOME desktop, the Computer Operating System Core Interface Components (COSMIC).
The main change that COSMIC brings to the Linux desktop is its launcher. It uses the SuperKey, which gets its own key marked on the HP Dev One. Launcher makes it easy to choose from your open apps or type an app name to open something new, and it makes it much easier to select from multiple windows of the same app.
When you cycle through open apps, Launcher displays a translucent square that represents the app’s location on your desktop and its window size. If you’re running multiple apps at once – and which developer isn’t – it’s much easier to find the window you need when you want it without a hitch. It’s a good feature that I hope other Linux desktops will adopt.
Put it all together, and the HP/System76 sounds like a sweet system. And for $1,099, it comes in at a sweet price.