Ubuntu Version Of Intel Compute Stick Available For $110 at Amazon, Newegg And Best Buy

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An employee walks past an Intel logo during the 2014 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in Taipei June 3, 2014. Reuters/Pichi Chuang

The Ubuntu version of the Intel Compute Stick, which is a computer in an HDMI dongle, has been put up on sale from July 6 at a price of $110, according to reports.

The Intel Compute Stick is meant for business people who keep travelling due to official commitments or those needing fairly processor light applications. The stick features 64-bit version of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Intel Atom 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM and 8 GB storage, reports Tech Times.

"Consumers are looking for a more personal, flexible and cost-effective computing experience, and also looking for a choice of OS," the Tech Times report quoted Jan Silber, CEO of Canonical, as saying. "It's great to see Ubuntu becomes part of the Compute Stick family. This is another example of how we're working with Intel to bring a wide range of devices to market to give as many people as possible the chance to discover Ubuntu,” Silber explained further. Canonical is the company behind the Ubuntu version of Linux.

The specifications of the Ubuntu version are different from the Windows version. In terms of memory, Ubuntu version sports 1 GB memory while the Windows version gets 2 GB memory. At the onboard storage front, Ubuntu version gets 8GB of onboard storage while the Windows version gets 32 GB of onboard storage, reports V3.co.uk. The publication also mentioned that both the models sport Bluetooth and WiFi for connectivity, a micro SD card slot to bolster storage and a USB port to connect peripherals.

Online retailers, namely, Amazon and Newegg will sell the Ubuntu version of the Intel Compute Stick. Besides that, Best Buy has also put the device on sale, as per the Tech Times report.

Intel Compute Stick will compete with Google’s Chromebit. The Intel Compute Stick is more expensive than the recently launched Google’s Chromebit, which is expected to be priced under $100. While Google’s Chromebit can pitch for its price, Compute Stick can boast of its functionality, according to a report on Bidness Etc.

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