Intel Hades Canyon NUC Kit NUC8i7HVK
Ubuntu Computer Projects



The above photo shows the hard to see black small Intel NUC 8 VR NUC8I7HVK Gaming Mini PC with its two green lights below the two Samsung HDMI 1080 monitors on the same white shelf as the monitors. Below the NUC are amateur radio equipment.



These are computer projects notes and documentation using the Intel Hades Canyon NUC 8 mini computer with the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS operating system.

My primary computer software and application requirements are:

My computer hardware goals are

These project notes were created by David Haworth, WA9ONY.

Other project notes webpages:

David, WA9ONY, is an amateur radio operator and he usually can be found operating most mornings (M-F) at 10:00 am on the WA7ABU 145.290 repeater's Tech Net, Silver Creek Falls, Oregon.

Intel NUC Kit NUC8i7HVK Ubuntu 18.04 Computer Projects Index

Project 1: Searching for an Intel i7 Mini PC


YouTube videos

Intel NUC 8 YouTube videos

Project 2: Intel NUC and Ubuntu


YouTube videos

Project 3: Intel NUC Kit NUC8i7HVK Documentation

Intel NUC Kit NUC8i7HV Technical Product
Specification Regulatory Model: NUC8HV

Intel NUC Kit NUC8i7HVK User Guide PDF

Intel Info.

Intel NUC Kit NUC8i7HVK, NUC8i7HNK Regulatory Model: NUC8HN, NUC8HV

Project 4: Purchase an Intel NUC with Ubuntu

Out of the box parts are the same as the Intel kit except
Techno Intelligence has installed the DDR4 32 GB RAM, 4 TB SSD and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

Based on the Amazon reviews of other NUC8 products installing Ubuntu on the is not simple because of the new hardware requires drivers. Intel Linux support for NUC is behind. Therefore, I was pleased to find on Amazon the Intel NUC Kit NUC8i7HVK with Ubuntu installed. Also, the DDR4 RAM at the 32 GB maximum and 4 TB SSD for the hard drive is installed. Both of these large capacities are important for DSP and video apps.

Project 5: YouTube Video Learn Ubuntu in 7 Days

Learn Ubuntu in 7 days

Day 1 Install Ubuntu in a Virtual Machine

Day 2 Use and customise the Ubuntu desktop

Day 3 Install and manage software in Ubuntu

Day 4 Using Internet and Email in the Ubuntu Desktop

Day 5 Listening to Music and watching Videos in the Ubuntu Desktop

Day 6 Photos and Gaming in Ubuntu

Day 7 Getting started with the Linux Terminal

Project 6: Amazon Kindle Online Books

Amazon Kindle offers a wide selection of online books.

Project 7: edX Introduction to Linux Course

edX offers free, limited time, online Introduction to Linux course that is 14 weeks long, 5 to 7 hours per week by LinuxFoundationX.

The Introduction to Linux course covers three Linux distributions which includes Debian Family (Ubuntu & Linux Mint), Red Hat Family (CentOS and Fedora) and SUSE Family ( openSUSE).

The notes below focuses on Ubuntu operation.

LFS101x - Introduction to Linux
Chapter 1 The Linux Foundation

Chapter 2. Linux Philosophy Chapter 3. Linux Basics and System Startup Chapter 4. Graphical Interface Chapter 5. System Configuration from the Graphical Interface Chapter 6. Common Applications Chapter 7. Command-Line Operations Chapter 8. Finding Linux Documentation Chapter 9. Processes Chapter 10. File Operations Chapter 11. Text Editors Chapter 12. User Environment Chapter 13. Manipulating Text Chapter 14. Network Operations Chapter 15. The Bash Shell and Basic Scripting Chapter 16. More on Bash Shell Scripting Chapter 17. Printing Chapter 18. Local Security Principles

Project 8: YouTube Linux Command Line and BASH Scripting

Linux Command Line and BASH Scripting 10 videos play list.

Unit 1; Getting started with the Linux Terminal

Unit 2: Working with Files in the Line Terminal

Project 9: Ubuntu Screen Shot

There are six methods to take a screen shot in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

To save the screen shot to the Pictures directory.

To save the screen shot to the clip board.

Best Tools For Taking and Editing Screenshots in Linux

Project 10: NUC8i7HVK Ubuntu Dual Monitors

The Intel NUC Kit NUC8i7HVK has two HDMI ports which work fine with Ubuntu 18.10 LTS.

Project 11: NUC8i7HVK Ubuntu USB Memory

The above Ubuntu 18.04 Disks app shows two Seagate Portable NTFS USB hard disks mounted and ready to use.

USB memory that work with the Intel NUC Kit NUC8i7HVK and Ubuntu 18.10 LTS.

YouTube videos.

Project 12: NUC8i7HVK Ubuntu tar backup

The Linux tar command is easy to use and is part of the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS software distro.

Project 13: NUC8i7HVK Ubuntu SD Reader

NUC8i7HVK Ubuntu Disks app showing a Raspberry Pi OS 32 GB microSD card partitions and formats.
Also, shown are the two NUC8i7HVK M.2 SSDs (Intel 660p NVMe PCIe M.2 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8) each with 2 TB formatted Ext4.

The Intel NUC8i7HVK has a full size SD reader that works well with Ubuntu 18.10 LTS to read and write data.

YouTube videos.

Project 14: NUC8i7HVK UPS

My home loses 120 VAC power several times a year. Therefore, a UPS is a requirement for reliable computer operation. For example, losing power when saving a file will result in the lost of that file and could cause the file system to be corrupted.

The NUC8i7HVK is plugged into the APC UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector.

Project 15: NUC8i7HVK HDMI Recording

The ClearClick HD Capture Box is used to record the NUC8i7HVK HDMI in 1080 or 720 file format on a 64 GB USB memory device. To save memory space I usually record in 720 format. The NUC8i7HVK is in 1080 format and the ClearClick HD Capture Box takes care of recording the 1080 in 720.

Ubuntu standard screen shots usually do not work to capture menu selections and app icons. HDMI recording solves these problems.

In the future I plan to use the ClearClick HD Capture Box to create YouTube SDR and DSP videos.

Project 16: Ubuntu Dock Applications

Below are the standard applications that are in the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS desktop dock on the left side of the desktop. Except, Text Editor has been added at the bottom of the docked icons.

Project 17: Ubuntu Applications in Show Applications Icon

Below are the standard applications that are in the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS applicators icon in the lower left corner.

Project 18: Ubuntu Keyboard Shortcuts

Below are Ubuntu 18.04 LTS keyboard shortcuts.

Logitech MK320 wireless keyboard and mouse.

Project 19: Starting Ubuntu Terminal

Terminal application is used for the CLI. There are several ways to open Terminal.

Project 20: Ubuntu Bash Shell

The Ubuntu Bash Shell is used in the CLI in the Terminal application.

Bash Shell command language with Linux pipeline provides a powerful tool to use Linux commands tools together and to automate tasks.

There are many examples where the CLI is much more powerful than using the Ubuntu GUI.

Project 21: NUC8i7HVK Ubuntu Disks Mounted

My first NUC8i7HVK YouTube video: Intel NUC NUC8i7HVK Ubuntu Disks Mounted. See the below project on how the video was created.

Project 22: NUC8i7HVK HDMI Video Capture

ClearClick HD Capture Box was used to create YouTube video Intel NUC NUC8i7HVK Ubuntu Disks Mounted.

The ClearClick HD Capture Box is connected to the NUC8i7HVK front HDMI and captures the HDMI to a USB memory.

The ClearClick HD Capture Box saves the video as 1080 or 720. The 720 looked fuzzy on YouTube and is not used.

A Sony microphone is connected to the ClearClick HD Capture Box to provide audio to the saved video file.

The ClearClick HD Capture Box takes a few seconds after pushing the start recording button before it starts recording the HDMI video.

The mp4 file was uploaded to YouTube without editing.

Minor problem is the ClearClick HD Capture Box does not save the mp4 files on the USB memory with correct date and time.

Summary, the ClearClick HD Capture Box provides a great way to record the HDMI screen versus using a video camera.


© June 22, 2019
David Haworth, WA9ONY