Intel NUC 13 Pro running Ubuntu 23.10 Desktop

Intel NUC 13 Pro Mini PC Running Linux: Configuring Ubuntu 23.10

Swap File

Our Intel NUC 13 Pro Mini PC has 32GB of RAM. As top shows, Ubuntu 23.10 has set up a 8GB swap file.

See swap size

Having an 8GB swap file is sensible despite the NUC having ample RAM. I often run services which are continuously running in the background so having some swap is needed. The only reason I’ll need to reconfigure the swap file is if I decide to use hibernation. With the 32GB of RAM, I recommend having a minimum swap file of 38GB (yes it needs to be larger than the system’s RAM) for hibernation.

X11 Windowing System

The next action I took relates to Wayland. Ubuntu 23.10 defaults to Wayland like earlier releases but the X11 windowing system is already installed. I still prefer X11 for daily use, so I’ll switch over. That first involves logging out. At the login screen, select the “gear” icon and select Ubuntu on Xorg. Once login is completed the X11 windowing system is in use.


I also flirted with the fonts-ubuntu-classic package:

$ sudo apt install fonts-ubuntu-classic

This command removes the fonts-ubuntu package and replaces it with fonts-ubuntu-classic.


Ubuntu 23.10 works like a charm with the NUC 13 Pro. There’s a few areas to investigate such as the open source graphics driver, and lots of applications and games to try. But I hope this article has given you a taster.

I’ll be updating this article on a regular basis.

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Pages in this article:
Page 1 – System Update and Firmware
Page 2 – Installing Software
Page 3 – Ubuntu Desktop with GNOME 45
Page 4 – Graphics
Page 5 – Steam and Heroic Games Launcher
Page 6 – Flatpak
Page 7 – Swap File and Summary

Complete list of articles in this series:

Intel NUC 13 Pro Mini PC
Part 1Introduction to the series with interrogation of system
Part 2Benchmarking the Mini PC
Part 3Installing Ubuntu 23.10 Desktop
Part 4Configuring Ubuntu 23.10 Desktop
Part 5Power Consumption
Part 6P-Cores and E-Cores
Part 7Gaming
Part 8Installing and Configuring Manjaro
Part 9BIOS options
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