People have been loading Ubuntu and other Linux distributions onto Android TV sticks for about as long as these cheap ARM-based devices have been available. But the Rikomagic MK802 IV LE is one of the first models to come with Ubuntu pre-loaded.
That basically makes the MK802 IV LE a small desktop computer. How small? You can fit it in the palm of your hand, slide it into your pocket, or plug the whole thing into the HDMI port of your monitor or TV.
But it’s powerful enough to run a full Linux desktop environment and handle desktop apps including Firefox, GIMP, or office software.
The folks at Rikomagic UK sent me a demo unit to test recently, and now that I’m done, it’s time for another giveaway!
This contest is for one MK802 IV LE mini-computer with a custom version of Ubuntu 13.04 called PicUntu. The device features a Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor, Mali 400 graphics, 2GB of RAM, a microSd card slot, WiFi, an HDMI connector, a full-sized USB port, and 2 micro USB ports (one of which is reserved for the power adapter.
RikoMagic UK sells these miniature Linux PCs for £79.99 and up, (about $130 US).
Here’s how to get one for free:
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That’s the hard part. Here’s a bit of fine print:
- A winner will be selected randomly from the pool of valid entries.
- The contest is open to residents of the United States (or anyone with a valid US shipping address).
- If you’ve won another Liliputing contest in the past 30 days, you’re disqualified from winning this giveaway, so please don’t bother trying to enter.
- Liliputing writers and close friends or family members thereof are also disqualified.
- Make sure to use a valid email address, Twitter, Google+ or Facebook account to leave your message so that we have a way of contacting you — and make sure to check your messages after the conclusion of the contest.
- Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond. If we don’t hear back within 2 days, we’ll pick another name.
Thanks again to Rikomagic for providing us with the MK802 IV LE!
Update: Congratulations to our winner, blacksmith_tb!