Intel’s Compute Stick and your favorite Linux distribution

With the announcement of the Compute Stick, Intel has signaled its intent to battle for market share at the low end of the mobile computing space.

Like existing compute-on-a-stick devices, Intel’s Compute Stick will transform any display with an HDMI port into a fully-functional computer.

At just 4-inches long, each Compute Stick will have a quad-core Intel® Atom™ processor inside. With that comes built-in wireless connectivity, on-board storage and a micro SD card slot. The processor speed has not been announced yet, but a quad-core ATOM processor on a compute-on-a-stick device seems like a lot of power.

That’s all good, but what makes the Compute Stick enticing to me is that it will come “pre-installed with Windows 8.1 or Linux”.

Not sure what Linux distribution(s) Intel intends to offer officially, but the prospect sets the device up as a good candidate for dual-booting your favorite Linux distribution and Windows 8.1. That’s why the device will be my first compute-on-a-stick device when it hits the shelves sometime this year. More information about the Compute Stick is available here.

Intel's Compute Stick

Intel Compute Stick

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