Here are a couple of the more common issues I've seen running Linux on the Bay Trail NUC:
The "no desktop" desktop: After installing Linux Mint you may see the Mint logo (i.e. the default background wallpaper) but no task bar or icons. This is caused by a "phantom" display. Here's how to get around it:
- Right-click on the desktop and select Change Desktop Background, then clicking All Settings.
- Scroll down to the Hardware section and open the Display settings. You'll see a phantom 1024X768 display set as default
- Disable the phantom display and your HDMI connection will become the primary and everything should start working.
No audio through HDMI (many flavors of Ubuntu): This isn't specific to the NUC as it seems to be happening on lots of builds, but it's easy to get around:
- Make sure your system is up to date using the Update Manager
- Add the following groups to your account: audio, pulse, pulse-access, video, voice
- In a terminal window run the following:
- sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-audio-dev/alsa-daily
- apt update
- apt install oem-audio-hda-daily-dkms
- Reboot the system.
Other than those minor issues Linux has been running well for me on the DN2820 kit. If I come across any more tidbits like this I'll post them.