micro OS

But again, if I need a package, that would be installed at setup via the vagrant file and a reload on completion (or as indicated AutoYaST for bare-metal).

For a single bare-metal node, you will always be updating/rebooting I don’t see any other way around that.

I think you need to look at adding some hardware, or maybe upgrade the CPU in the NUC?

Oh, if you do play with Rancher-Desktop, check out the dashboard…