Tinkering with the cheaper Intel Compute Stick

So, a while ago Intel released a “Intel Compute Stick”. It’s kindof tiny, doesn’t perform perfectly – but is quite a nice, quiet alternative for those whack-a-terminal-an-stream-some-music nights.
Problem is – I don’t care that much for the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS pre-loaded (yes, I am talking about the version with only 1Gb mem, and whatissit – 8gb storage?).
Good thing is – if you can survive with the built in realtek wifi, only thing you need to take heed to is the Intel drivers, from the proprietary locked down section of the binary world (or, almost – they are available in slightly different format..).
So far, you can grab ’em from https://01.org/linuxgraphics.
Problem is – if you really wanna use the built in wifi, mail realtek. Yes.. email – to get drivers. It’s lovely.
Wireless LAN ICs
Email: wlanfae@realtek.com
There is someone that seems to have put the source on git for a working wifi-driver;
do the following;

sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-generic git
git clone https://github.com/codeTom/rtl8723bs.git
cd rtl8723bs
sudo make install
sudo depmod -a
sudo modprobe r8723bs

Either way, I got it cheap – works – and runs. Yay.

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