The Intel Compute Stick is a tiny PC that plugs directly into the HDMI port on your TV or monitor. A model with Windows software launched earlier this year for $150. Now you can buy a model with Ubuntu Linux for $100.
The tiny computer features an Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core Bay Trail processor, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, a microSD card reader, a full-sized USB 2.0 port, and a micro USB port which is used as a power jack.
The Linux model comes with Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS 64-bit software pre-installed.
While the Windows model has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, the Linux version has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage (with less than 1GB of free space for files, software, and other data).
Want to run Ubuntu on the more expensive version? You can install it yourself. We have step-by-step instructions for doing that.
But if you want to save $50, don’t need the extra storage and memory, and/or don’t want to pay for a Windows license you’ll never use, it’s nice to have that option.