The Intel Compute Stick
Intel has a cool, new pocket computer called the Compute Stick. It hasn't been released yet but there will be a Linux version as well as one that runs Windows.
The Intel Compute Stick site has more information:
The Intel® Compute Stick is a new generation compute-on-a-stick device that’s ready-to-go out-of–the-box and offers the performance, quality, and value you expect from Intel. Pre-installed with Windows 8.1* or Linux, get a complete experience on an ultra-small, power-efficient device that is just four inches long, yet packs the power and reliability of a quad-core Intel® Atom™ processor, with built-in wireless connectivity, on-board storage, and a micro SD card slot for additional storage. It’s everything you love about your desktop computer in a device that fits in the palm of your hand.
Bookmark this page, and then set a reminder to check in soon. Intel® Compute Stick launches later this year; look for new details, product specs, and availability information.
Geek.com reports on the Intel Compute Stick:
The Compute Stick is actually strikingly similar to the one made by Shenzen Apec Electronics that went on sale in October. Intel is planning to offer two models initially. Both will be powered by a quad-core Atom processor. This one, which will run Windows 8.1 with Bing and comes with 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage, will sell for $149.
A less expensive version with Ubuntu pre-installed will also be available. It’ll sell for just $89, but the hardware will be stripped down. The Linux Compute Stick will have just 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. That’s still plenty of power for basic computing tasks.
Redditors had some thoughts to share about the Intel Compute Stick:
Ckozler: "I'm sure someone will find/post a way to wipe windows and get Linux installed with no issues. I'm sure they probably have some agreement with Microsoft to not have their (Intels) Linux supported hardware items (besides core items like processors) / consumer grade devices discount or take away from Windows market share. In giving it a literally 1/2 RAM and 1/4th the storage, they effectively keep Microsoft happy while still pushing Linux."
Bobj33:"I know it's not the same thing but you can get an Asus Chromebox for about the same price and it has a Celeron instead of Atom, 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD, 4 USB3 ports, etc. Flash the firmware and install any Linux distro you want."
Kadin2048:"Yeah, I think this is the real reason. If the devices were spec'd out the same, then it would be obvious what the cost of Windows was. By not making them the same, they hide the Windows license in with the hardware."
Delineated:"Intel is charging more money for less power for the linux version."
Dnoup:"Yahh, It feels like they treat linux second class citizen."
Upcoming Linux distro releases in 2015
We're in a new year and the development of Linux distributions will roll on as usual. Linux Planet has a helpful list of distribution releases that will happen in 2015.
Sean Michael Kerner reports on 2015 distros:
2014 was a unique year for Linux in that Red Hat, SUSE and Ubuntu all had Enterprise (or Long Term Support/LTS releases as Ubuntu refers to them) releases. There will be no major enterprise Linux platform milestones in 2015, but there will be plenty of updates for enterprise and community Linux.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1
Linux Mint 18
Debian 8.0 Jessie