Just a few months ago, Intel launched a new desktop computer in the form of a dongle that you can connect to any screen with an HDMI port. Canonical has announced that the Intel Compute Stick with Ubuntu will be ready to ship next week.
Update: The Intel Compute Stick with Ubuntu is now available for $100.
The Intel Compute Stick with 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04 LTS houses an Intel Atom quad-core processor. It only has 1 GB of memory and 8 GB of flash storage as compared to the Windows 8.1 model, which has 2 GB of memory and 32 GB of storage. But the rest of the specs are the same.
In addition to the Intel Atom processor, it supports 802.11n WiFi, has a USB 2.0 port, runs Bluetooth 4.0, and includes a microSD card slot so you can add more storage.
The Intel Compute Stick allows users to connect to any screen with an HDMI port, turning it into a computer of sorts. You can play games, connect to another computer remotely, and perform other computer-based tasks.
The Intel Compute Stick with Ubuntu goes on sale next week at major retailers like Amazon and Best Buy for $110.
Want to run Ubuntu on your Compute Stick, but want a model that has more than 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage? You can install Ubuntu (or other operating systems) on the Windows model. You can pick one up for around $149 and you can install Ubuntu by either preparing a bootable microSD card or a USB flash drive (although you’ll need a USB hub in order to use a flash drive and a keyboard since you can’t use a Bluetooth keyboard to enter the boot settings menu.
When Brad tried installing Ubuntu on the Windows Compute Stick, most things worked out of the box… but WiFi did not. Ian Morrison has prepared a version of Ubuntu 14.04 for the Compute Stick with working WiFi, although we’ve had mixed results getting it to work (We also haven’t had a lot of time to test it).
Intel also plans to launch a second-generation Compute Stick later in 2015 with a Core M processor and better specs. In early 2016, the company will also launch a more advanced model running the upcoming “Broxton” architecture. You may have to pay quite a bit for the added specs, but it might be worth waiting for if you want the extra power.
via The Next Web