I bought an original cheapo Ubuntu Compute Stick - 1 GB RAM, 8 GB flash. It works more-or-less OK, and I gave it the mid-2018 BIOS update.
I am trying to install Lubuntu 18.04 using the low-memory "Alternate Installer" https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu/Documentation/AlternateInstall, and the install starts up OK. However, the installer does not see any network card, and it ends up failing as it starts the Select and Install Software phase.
The Compute Stick has wi-fi and bluetooth, but obviously the install disk does not have a driver for the wifi. I assume this is why the select/install software phase fails. (Although this is also not what I expect.)
I got a USB Ethernet driver, and now I'm getting further, but I've been "starting up the partitioner" at 50% for about 25 minutes.