I got a NUC (D54250WYKH) that I installed Debian 7.7 on.
Advice: First update the NUC “BIOS”.
- Download from Intel
- Put on USB memory
- Put USB memory in NUC
- Start NUC, Press F7 to upgrade BIOS
If I had done this first I would have saved some time and some reading about EFI stuff I don’t want to know anyway. A few more conclusions follow.
EFI requires a special little EFI-partition. Debian will set it up automatically for you, unless you are an expert and choose manual partitioning, of course 😉 That would also have saved me some time.
(X)Ubuntu 14.10 had no problems even without upgrading BIOS.
The NUC is very nice! In case it is not clear: there is space for both an mSATA drive and a 2.5′ drive in my model. In fact, I think there is also space for an extra extra small mSATA drive. Unless building a gaming computer I believe NUC (or similar) is the way to go.
Finally, Debian 7.7 comes with Linux 3.2 kernel which has old audio drivers that produce bad audio quality. I learnt about Debian backports and currently run Linux 3.16 with Debian 7.7 and I have perfect audio now.