Intel to release Compute Stick with Ubuntu OS Built-in

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Intel Compute Stick

Canonical has finally announced the Ubuntu version of the Intel Compute Stick – a mini HDMI dongle like computer device which is aimed at providing a PC-like experience to consumers on the go. The the Compute stick was first launched in April and Intel announced that  an Ubuntu version would follow. This is an Intel-branded device loaded with the popular Linux distribution, which promises to deliver on its expectations given the decent specification offerings at a smash mouth price of $100.

The Device has a 1.33 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F processor, and comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB onboard storage . The connectivity options include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, a single USB 2.0 port, micro USB for power, Bluetooth 4.0, and a microSD slot for more adding more storage. It requires a Mouse and a keyboard to function as it has no innate functionality, it comes with the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64 bit version of the OS.

This comes after the launch of the initial version of the Intel Compute stick which retails for $150 with better specifications like 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage but notwithstanding this the crucial difference is that the pricier Compute Stick comes with Windows 8.1 pre-loaded which makes it more convenient to use.

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The Ubuntu Operating System is expanding into several arenas of the Tech world, with its first few forays into the mainstream line of technology and its consistent attempt to expand its outreach as the operating system with a difference. It has incorporated several new features, with the unity desktop, support for wide screen displays and more and more features for enterprise and cloud based computing, and also the LTS version of the operating system receives continuous support and security updates from Canonical.

The market for a device such as the compute stick is a growing one, with more focus on enterprise features wherein people can use a portable computer for on the go editing presentations and office documents, and also as Canonical has pointed out the Compute stick is   best suited for “thin client, embedded collaboration or cloud based applications” as these do not require too much horsepower on the user’s part but require a reliable access point.
With more and more computers the size of a human palm flooding the market, we can safely assume that this innovation has exceptional potential moving forward, but the Compute stick seems like a great buy for one willing to foray into this new world of technology.

More information on pricing and availability in other countries is to follow, and is currently going to be sold by Amazon, BestBuy and Newegg.com

Sree Harsha Nelaturu

Is a student of the Sciences in the 12th Grade in Jaipur, Rajasthan. He has a strong bias towards open source software and also enjoys well designed software and hardware. Loves to tinker with gadgets and operating Systems and in his free time loves reading books, watching Sitcoms, writing poetry. reading up on Physics and following politics someday hopes to be an accomplished Physicist.

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