Total Linux lightweight, but just wanted to report that it is a pretty smooth install of Mint17 on the nuc n2820. Everything but sound over HDMI works after install. After software update the intermittent sound problems went away. I really only have two and a half complaints right now (with the suspicion that some research may solve these problems):
1. My TV was not really designed for connection to a computer (so the manufacturer says) so I experience overscan problems. Intel drivers under Microsoft have a built in fix, not so easy in Linux.
2. I've never gotten great wireless performance under linux. This time around I am getting a little better than half speed of the same system under windows with some disconnect problems.
1/2. N2820 is a little pokey (ok, so thats not a linux problem
I know that if I went the Ubuntu route I may be able to find solutions easier, or that I may be able to use Ubuntu solutions to my Mint problems.
Even with the challenges, XBMC works great and Web Surfing is tolerable. At $140 base, I think its a great value.