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Intel Compute Stick STCK1A8LFC 1GB RAM, 8GB Flash, Ubuntu 14.04LTS (Upgradeable to 16.04/16.10) $34.60 w/ $5 wikibuy

TooncesToo 168 109 October 15, 2016 at 01:35 PM in Desktop Computers (6)
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Last Edited by cricket702 November 15, 2016 at 09:02 PM
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]
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Thanks for doing all the hard work OP! Bough one from eBay as I had a GC to burn.

Which Ubuntu ISO would you recommend for this?
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Thanks for doing all the hard work OP! Bough one from eBay as I had a GC to burn.

Which Ubuntu ISO would you recommend for this?
16.04 Lubuntu should be the lightest on resources and the most stable. The 16.10 release may be good too but they tend to be more of a moving target than the LTS versions.
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what can I do with this? I'm not familiar with Ubuntu
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what can I do with this? I'm not familiar with Ubuntu
It's a full computer so there are a lot of applications you can use it for. Ubuntu comes with everything. All the essential applications, like an office suite, browsers, email and media apps come pre-installed and thousands more games and applications are available in the Ubuntu Software Centre.

Of course, on a low end computer like this, it's not going to be very fast. It should make an ideal platform for a media player, home automation or when you just need a cheap computer to use for web and email while travelling. Running something like Kodi on this should be very smooth. Add in a cheap, 64GB SD card and a small keyboard/trackpad combo like a Logitech K410 and you have everything you need for an HDMI pluggable media center.
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Bad reviews on amazon avoid this.
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Quote from TooncesToo View Post :
16.04 Lubuntu should be the lightest on resources and the most stable. The 16.10 release may be good too but they tend to be more of a moving target than the LTS versions.
For resource use, how does this stick with 16.04 compare to your typical 2GB laptop running W10? I am looking to run a macro for a video watching/earning site. Using a W10 laptop pegs the CPU use at 100% at times and uses up a good majority of the RAM. If I do not clear the cache daily, it crashes due to low memory.
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I doubt this is much faster than a Raspberry Pi.
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Bad reviews on amazon avoid this.
And very deserved ones too. If I paid $100 for one I'd be upset and write a poor review too. As I said in my original post, it's not worth that. $40 is about it. Heck there are poor reviews all over about both 1st gen Intel sticks because at the original MSRP, you're getting a slow computer. People are happy with the android tablets based on the same CPU (lenovo ideapad, Yoga tablet 2, etc) because they don't expect a desktop experience and the software is better suited to the task. Not so much when it's trying to run windows and a full desktop.
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Last edited by TooncesToo October 16, 2016 at 10:01 AM.
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For resource use, how does this stick with 16.04 compare to your typical 2GB laptop running W10? I am looking to run a macro for a video watching/earning site. Using a W10 laptop pegs the CPU use at 100% at times and uses up a good majority of the RAM. If I do not clear the cache daily, it crashes due to low memory.
The laptop is most likely going to outperform the stick. It really depends on what the built in video is though. The beauty of these low powered devices besides form factor is that most video playback is hardware accelerated. That really frees up the CPU to do other things. Right now, I have a 1080p video streaming from a network shared drive to a 1st gen Raspberry pi model B (the old 700Mhz single core with 2 USB ports). It's running a variant of Debian (same OS Ubuntu is based on) and Kodi 15.2. The CPU is running at about 35% with memory at 23%. The video is encoded in x.264 so it's offloaded to the hardware decoder.

The cheapest thing to do would be to get an Ubuntu Live iso and create a bootable USB stick. You can run Ubuntu on your Windows 10 laptop right off the USB stick and try your application/video without installing it and see if it does better. You may find just the change in OS will fix your resource problem. You shouldn't need the special version for the compute stick and can just get the one directly from Ubuntu. https://www.ubuntu.com/download/d...ou-install
If it's a low end laptop, you might try Xubuntu Mate, Xubuntu or Lubuntu as their desktops take fewer resources than the one in the standard Ubuntu build. It's all the same underpinnings, just a different desktop.
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Last edited by TooncesToo October 16, 2016 at 10:11 AM.
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I doubt this is much faster than a Raspberry Pi.
Geekbench 4 results:
https://browser.primatelabs.com/v4/cpu/745448
https://browser.primatelabs.com/v4/cpu/258163

Single-Core Score Multi-Core Score
Rpi 3 470 1240
Intel 898 2356

or OpenBenchmark.org results:
http://openbenchmarking.org/resul...NTELCOMP07


There's not a lot of overlap in the two sets of benchmark results here, but the ones that do overlap have the Intel at roughly 2X as fast as a RPi 3 as well.

Still, even if it is faster, the relative benchmark of how usable it is as a general use computing device is that this is still very slow by comparison to even a low cost laptop that is meant to run Windows. Makes a damn good media center or even a desktop for light usage if you're not expecting too much though it is fully capable of running GiMP or OpenOffice.
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I'd run puppy linux on this. There is a version of puppy linux that is compatible with ubuntu applications. Puppy is lean and mean. Would run like lightening even on this stick. Is loaded into RAM and for something like web browsing many would find it to be faster than their expensive laptops. Puppy linux forums are remarkably helpful. All those cheerful Australians with their sun drenched climate.
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I'd run puppy linux on this. There is a version of puppy linux that is compatible with ubuntu applications. Puppy is lean and mean. Would run like lightening even on this stick. Is loaded into RAM and for something like web browsing many would find it to be faster than their expensive laptops. Puppy linux forums are remarkably helpful. All those cheerful Australians with their sun drenched climate.
Any linux can load itself into ram, look into tmpfs.
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I wonder how well this would work with Kodibuntu?
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I have windows 8.1 loaded on mine (yes the 1gb/8gb model). It needs a special 'lite' build 32bit to work. Just use drivers from the 2/32 model.
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