@lw1948: Thank you for your very quick response:
I made an USB bootable stick wit Ubuntu 16.10.
The behaviour is very much the same as Mint 18.1
running works. Installing fails (the application dies). After second try (just curiosity) the entire OS crashes. When pressing the reset/power button after some minutes
some minutes: hundreds of lines like:
SQUASHFS error: Unable to read fragment cache entry ...
SQUASHFS error: Unable to read page, block ...
when trying to directly install at boot I can see the Ubuntu desktop for a tiny moment then blinking cursor upper left corner. After some minutes pressing reset some lines of:
FAT-fs (sdb1): Directory bread(block ...) failed
then after some minutes timeout and all over again.
For the fun of it I will now change the 4K display against a 1080p and see if graphics can make a difference.
OK - as expected: no difference
strange enough. When playing with the USB loaded OS - WLAN access point is found but network is disabled.
Sometimes the install application starts up and I may choose a language and then it crashes.
Thank you for contacting the Intel community.
I’m sorry that you haven’t been able to install Linux* on this Intel® NUC, in this case Intel hasn't validated these operating systems. We recommend you use the latest kernel. If you need assistance with Linux* on Intel NUC, check your distro's website and forums for peer assistance.
There some Linux* support at the following link that might help you.
If it does not work you can try at the Linux*support site:
thank you for your support and sharing the links.
Well, unfortunately I already looked those up prior to posting the issue. I had noticed that Intel NUC do not support Linux officially but honestly I thought that Intel wanted to be prepared not be sued for some minor issue like lack of IR support. Finding that NUC exclusively work with Windows all is utterly surprising to me.
My final attempt was to remove the second hard drive. Now when attempting to install Ubuntu 16.10 I could connect to the WLAN router; the M2.SSD would be partitioned but installation failed with crashing forcing me to hard reset.
I am now breaking my attempt and for the time being run Linux on a virtual machine within Windows.
By the way: Windows support also does not work flawlessly with original drivers and installer software.
Yes, at this point Intel has only validated this NUC to work with Windows® 10 as you can see at the following link:
Supported Operating Systems for Intel® NUC Products
On that same page you can see the customer-reported operating systems at the bottom, those operating system versions are reported as compatible by owners of Intel® NUC Boards and Kits.
Do you have problem with the IR on this unit? If yes, I would strongly recommend creating a new thread to get assistance related to that issue.
Also, I sent you a private message.