INTEL HAS MADE AVAILABLE a new version of its Compute Stick pocket PC running Canonical's Ubuntu operating system.
The Ubuntu 14.04 LTS-powered STCK1A8LFC has been up for pre-order for some time, but we've had limited details on specs until now.
Intel officially announced the new flavour of the pocket PC today, priced at $110 (about £70) with a stated sale date of "next week".
However, the Ubuntu falls short when compared with the Windows version. The Ubuntu model has half the RAM at 1GB, and a quarter of the on-board storage at 8GB.
$110 is a good price for a stick PC, but the specs seem somewhat low especially the 8GB of storage. The 1GB of RAM is okay for Ubuntu Linux if you use the LXDE or Xfce lightweight desktop environment, or mainly use Ubuntu in command-line mode.
The Raspberry Pi 2 seems like a better deal since it is only $35, and runs Debian which is what Ubuntu is based on. But, you need to use your own MicroSD Card, HDMI, case, and Micro-USB power adapter. Although Adobe Flash Player will probably work better on the Intel Compute Stick than the Raspberry Pi 2 because Adobe Flash seems to work best on AMD, and Intel chips in my experience.