> On Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 10:19 AM, Jim Hall <jh...@freedos.org> wrote:
>> It's a very locked down device. There's an option in the EFI to select
>> "Linux" or "Windows" boot mode. But you could simply buy the
>> ComputeStick model that has Ubuntu Linux pre-loaded on it:
>> http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Compute-Stick-Linux-BOXSTCK1A8LFCCR/dp/B00UYHE60Y
>> However, I don't have experience with that model. We purchased the
>> ComputeStick to evaluate it as a possible replacement in our campus
>> computer labs, which run Windows. So we bought the Windows
>> ComputeStick. I was able to boot a Fedora Linux LiveUSB on it, just to
>> try it out, but it was really sloooooooooooooooow to boot and (IIRC)
>> didn't recognize the wireless interface.

On Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 9:34 AM, dmccunney <dennis.mccun...@gmail.com> wrote:
> The variant with Ubuntu pre-loaded looks interesting, and would save a
> fair bit of work.
> I can imagine the fun getting Fedora up on the Windows variant.  I can
> also imagine "sloooooow to boot".
> I doubt the Ubuntu variant will be a speed demon, either, but for
> things like that, my practice is to boot it and simply leave it up.
> If you don't need to shutdown and reboot, why do so?

To clarify: The ComputeStick was very fast to boot from the internal
storage. It was just booting from the LiveUSB that took forever. I'm
sure if I'd managed to install Fedora Linux on the ComputeStick,
Fedora would likely have booted very quickly too.

We regularly shut down the ComputeStick at the end of the day when we
were done experimenting. You can leave it up, but the network was
wireless network only, and our wireless network would "time out"
connections about every 3 hours. So there wasn't any value in leaving
it running overnight anyway.

> What was the lab's experience with trying to use the Windows model?

We found it was a nice device that would meet most workloads. We were
a Google Apps for Education campus, so most of the workload was via a
web browser, although (IIRC) the Windows ComputeStick came with a
local copy of Office. You really only noticed a "dip" in performance
when opening a big spreadsheet (I had a lot of those, as part of our
project management process). If you were just opening an empty Google
spreadsheet or an empty Excel spreadsheet or a Word document or a
Google Docs document, it was fine.

We recommended that the ComputeStick would be a better fit for
classroom computers and conference rooms, where the workload was more
predictable (i.e. mostly Google Slides or Powerpoint). The
ComputeStick could be directly attached to the projector or display
(also makes the ComputeStick more difficult to steal, as it's either
locked away or really hard to get at) and use a BT keyboard/mouse. We
also recommended a USB adapter to provide a wired network connection,
rather than use wireless.

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