Wasn't terribly interested in these for more than $40 but at $34.60 shipped I grabbed one after finding out it can actually be upgraded to a newer version of Ubuntu/Lubuntu/Xubuntu.
OEM XS is liquidating the 1st gen STCK1A8LFC compute sticks on eBay and their site at $40 a piece. Using wikibuy for chrome, you can get it from them for $34.60 shipped.
1. Link: https://wikibuy.com/offers/19758e...c0c212d3bc
2. When you click on the link to purchase the item, it will take you to wikibuy where they offer a $5 off if you enable the chrome wikibuy extension.
3. enable extension, make purchase for $34.60 (you can pay with paypal or CC) then uninstall if you do not want to leave it enabled.
Wikibuy inserts themselves into the transaction to give you the lower price. You buy it from them, they buy it from the seller to be shipped to you. Sounds kinda like Jet.com in a way. I was not terribly sure about using wikibuy but some searches and seeing job postings for them in Austin, TX seemed to bear them out as legit. To keep it a little safer, I paid using paypal. Basically they say they are paid by merchants to be featured. Their extension searches other sites while you shop on Amazon, jet, etc and provides you with what they find if they get a lower price. I tried a few searches out and my results where spotty on whether or not it saved me money. Looks promising for an instant comparison though.
So the whole thing that got me even looking at the 1st gen, lowest spec Intel Compute stick was a video by Ian Morrison I ran across on youtube showing Lubuntu 16.10 Alpha running on the Intel Compute stick https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoEa4DcklqI
I clicked on the link then found the updated HowTo at Running Ubuntu on Intel Bay Trail and Cherry Trail Devices [com.au]
. Now that 16.10 has been released, he's updated the .iso's he creates. You can also get 16.04LTS if you want the latest LTS release.
For those wanting the source so they can do it themselves, you can also get the source for the drivers and patches he uses as well as the modified linux kernel at GitHub [github.com]