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Regarding the power consumption, we haven't tested it yet but since most of the power consumption comes from the motors, you shouldn't be concerned over the energy consumption from the OS. The processing overhead wouldn't be affected either.
Intel is shipping Intel Aero (RTF Drone and Compute Board) with Yocto linux preinstalled and you should download and flash the updated version of this image (details here) to update the hardware when you receive it. This Yocto build is preconfigured and highly customized for Intel Aero.
In parallel to this Intel supported Yocto image, full native Ubuntu* with Intel drivers are now verified by Intel (as user installation). Intel is providing documentation and packages to let you install Ubuntu yourself, manually. We do NOT provide a prepackaged and customized version of Ubuntu. Compared to Yocto, Ubuntu can be interesting for rapid prototyping and software development.
Yocto for a Ready-To-Fly experience or Ubuntu for prototyping and development, you have the choice.
Hope this helps.
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Yes, that is correct. Yocto was designed for the Aero drone to be ready to fly out of the box, but you should have the same functionalities with Ubuntu after installing and configuring it.