I would like to know this too. I bought the Windows edition simply because it had more RAM and storage, but I'd prefer to run Ubuntu on it. Can I just boot 14.04 and install as normal? Is it possible to go back to Windows at a later time? I can't seem to find any information on recovering/installing Windows from scratch.
I honestly don’t see any technical issue with running an Operating System different than the one installed at the factory level, maybe drivers but if you manage to find the proper drivers you should be okay, this device is just a tiny computer.
On the other side, please keep in mind that using this device outside the Intel specifications may void the warranty; see more information about the warranty terms and conditions here: http://download.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/h77390001_1yr_lmtd_wrnty_compute_stick_internation.pdf
Yes, I tried installing Windows 10 Preview. Would not recommend it until it's released and Intel say that they support it. The display driver doesn't work, there's no sound, SD card reader don't work. So I installed Windows 8.1 Pro. Same song there: The display driver don't work, no sound, no SD card reader, lots of unknown devices in the device manager.
have you installed the 64bit win 8.1 pro or the x86 version?
I used x86.
Í read that you can run Ubuntu on the Windows version by simply changing the setting for it in BIOS (F2) and then make a Ubuntu SD card that you install from. It seems to run both x86 and x64 Ubuntu in version 15.04. Forgot the link so I cant remember just where I read it.
Would the Windows stick perhaps run Windows 10 Builds?
if Intel provided the firmware image for the Linux version of the stick, then I am sure it would be possible to load it onto the hardware designed to run Windows.
I cannot find a download for the linux firmware, if you know where I can get it please post a link.
I read about it here: http://liliputing.com/2015/04/intel-compute-stick-mini-computer-with-windows-review.html
In the article it says 'I was able to load Ubuntu 14.04.02 64-bit using this method, as well as Ubuntu 15.04 64-bit. But WiFi didn’t work out of the box with either operating system.'
So it can be done but some problems with WIFI needs to be solved or just use a USB to LAN adapter and see if that would work. There is a description how to do it and what tools to use but no link for any special firmware.
I spent last night trying to simply update to windows 8.1 x86 enterprise edition so that I could join it to a domain and rdp to it. It made it to the reboot then rolled back the install. I'm not sure why and can't seem to find any reason why it failed.
Does anyone know if windows stores a log file somewhere I can look at?
I have a Toshiba Click Mini which is fairly similar to all these Baytrail-T based devices. I was able to use Debian Jessie mixed-mode installer ( Index of /debian-cd/8.1.0/multi-arch/iso-cd ) and get my device running with 32 bit Debian.
I've subsequently built kernel 4.1 for it and it works reasonably well*. If you want I can provide a link to where you can get the .debs for installation.
* things that don't work at all: acpi battery and thermals, cameras, suspend/resume.