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!

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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 forΒ Β£79.99 and up, (about $130 US).

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Here’s how to get one for free:

Leave a comment on this article by 6:00AM on Sunday, 12/29/2013

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!

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269 replies on “MK802 IV Linux mini PC giveaway”

  1. I’m here for the giveaway. But I noticed in the review you said the one thing that doesn’t work out of the box is accelerated graphics. But is there a way to install drivers, or is the hardware simply not there?

  2. US only giveaways – boo! That signals that readers from outside of the US aren’t as important to this site…

  3. This thing looks really neat. I wonder how well it would work as a myth frontend?

  4. I have one of these RK3188 devices, a TimingPower unit, but I haven’t
    seen any successful install of Picuntu on that particular device. I
    don’t want to end up bricking it or having things like WiFi not work.
    That Picuntu OS looks more useful than android.

  5. watched your video’s for a long time, and constantly check the page, but this was the final straw to join the community here, thanks brad for offereing a contest, you are awesome and keep up the good work man!

  6. I’ve had my eye on one of these for a while. Linux Edition, yes please!

  7. I’d love one of these! Played with an earlier Android version, an Ubuntu derivative would be very cool !! Count me in.

  8. Well, Santa did not listen to me for “Tronsmart T1000 Miracast wireless display adapter “. Lets see If I get this as new year gift.

  9. That looks pretty awesome, I remember picking up my 1st usb stick πŸ™‚

    would love to show this off and use it for work!

  10. Would be awesome to travel with; send one my way and I’ll let you know how it goes.

  11. I got a tablet for Christmas… It has a single core A8 processor and 512MB of ram. The screen is 9 inches (sweet) with a 800×480 resolution (ugh) and if you turn it 10 degrees in any direction, it’s like looking at a photo negative. It’s never leaving the house because its battery life is so poor, I have to leave it plugged in if I want to use it for any considerable length of time. Too bad, since it has an absolutely fantastic metallic blue finish on it. Still, it has served its purpose of making me want a good ARM device.

  12. I have been tempted to pick up a stick and get ubuntu running on it, but I wouldn’t say no to one preloaded!

  13. These little computers are really cool! I would love to win one to try it out!

  14. Happy new year to all liliputing geeks !
    I’d love to have one of these Quad-Arm devices.

  15. Thanks for the giveaway! Hopefully there will be more companies that will explicitly support Ubuntu on their HDMI sticks and we’ll see more giveaways like this in the future.

  16. Would make a nice Christmas present. Would make a great one for me to replace my computer that died andwould mean i got something under the tree besides a pair of gloves..

  17. This will turn my TV into a full fledged LINUX workstation!!! Woho!!! πŸ˜€

  18. I’ll be glad to participate.
    Looking forward to see my Gimp files in my TV.

  19. I wonder when someone is going to come out with one of these micro PCs that gets both power and ethernet off of an MHL + Ethernet over HDMI.

  20. Wow! A holiday giveaway extravaganza! I’d love to have a Linux flavored mini PC! Thanks so much for the giveaways!

  21. Hooray! The neatest thing would be, being able to compute from where I watch my tv as well! Less walking up and down stairs to read the news on a computer. Old bones are old.

  22. I COMMAND SUCH A STICK FOR USE IN MY BLACK MARKET FURNITURE PORNOGRAPHY BUSINESS

  23. It would be perfect for building a mediacenter and attach it to the tv!

  24. This would make the perfect icing on the cake (not a lie…) of this Christmas.
    BTW, Thanks for giving these review units away. And I love the site…and I’m not just sucking up, I just don’t say thanks as often as I should.

  25. Have desperately wanting one of these for a while. Every time I almost have the money something happens (car, daycare, Dr. etc ). Winning one is probably the only way I will get one anytime soon (unless the kids stop getting sick, needing diapers, eating or suddenly turn 21 and graduate from college).

  26. I’m hoping to see some proper hardware acceleration out of those Mali GPU cores. Still, based on the older versions I’ve messed with, this is probably reasonably usable as a silent, low power desktop.

  27. Oohh, I’d love to get my hands on one of those Ubuntu stick computers.

  28. I look forward to getting my hands on one of these. The 1st thing I’ll do to it, is to get KDE running on it. Cheers

  29. I trust that your selection will be random but let me butter up anyway. Liliputing is the best source for low cost and mobile computing that I have come across. I liked the netbooknews people but Liliputing is way more consistent and covers exactly the devices I want to hear about. Your quick on new devices and I really enjoy your reviews. I have been following Liliputing under Twitter for a while (I just created a new account for security purposes, not for this giveaway :)). Good luck everyone!

  30. This would be great to win as I gave my mk808b away as a gift. Thanks for the opportunity.

  31. I’d love to have this to try/use in my classroom. Our old XP labs are switching to Ubuntu anyway, so it would be familiar to the kiddos.

  32. My MK802+ was great until it ate itself when I factory reset it. I would love to try the new model out.

  33. Love these devices. It’s funny more Web bloggers don’t feature these deceives.

  34. I’ve been wanting one of these for the longest time, just never knew which one to buy.

  35. Yo quiero Taco Bell…

    I’m Canadian with two sisters in the USA who I can ship to thank goodness. Please Brad, open your contests up to CANADIANS. We read your articles too!

  36. US only, i have friends in the US , that would let me use theirs, but why do we have to jump through hoops. I would love to win it.

  37. Hi Brad, Thank you for posting the machine for a free giveaway! I come to your site on a daily basis and love the information that you list on your site. Also, I am just outside of Philadelphia, so someday I would like to buy you lunch or a get a bite to eat at a local coffeehouse with you, to thank you for the work that you put into the site. Just shoot me an email. Thank you!

  38. Splendid. Not a resident of the United States, but one with a valid US shipping address here. Merry Christmas, everyone!

  39. Pls give it 2 me. I luv ur articles informing abt these little sippers.

  40. I am leaving a comment because liliputing has the only commenting system not totally broken on my phone for some reason. Also because I need that Android stick! πŸ™‚

  41. Liliputing is the best website on the internet!!!!! I visit this website almost everyday! The only thing that could make my web browsing experience any better then your website already has, would be to win this amazing piece of computing hardware!

  42. I have no idea how well these little PC sticks work, but it would be fun to find out!

  43. it would be awesome to be the winner of this linux mini PC stick thing…

  44. Would be great to use this for an embedded Linux design skill refresh.

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