Linux on the NUC: Using Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, and the SteamOS beta
Posted on: 02/02/2014 01:20 PM

ArsTechnica tried the Intel NUC with 4 Linux distros

Linux on the NUC: Using Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, and the SteamOS beta


One of the drawbacks of buying a barebones PC like Intel’s NUC—at least if you’re a Windows user—is that it comes with no operating system. The big PC OEMs get Windows at a steep discount compared to end users, and you’ll have to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 for a full OEM Windows license (and more if you want a retail version with tech support).

The other side of that coin is that barebones PCs can be good for people who aren’t planning on paying for an OS. You can use your favorite Linux distribution on a barebones PC without paying the added cost for some Windows license you have no intention of using.

As a follow-up to our original review, we’ve installed four different Linux distributions to the Haswell NUC to get an idea of what open source enthusiasts can expect to experience when they load up Linux on the hardware.



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