Recommendation for installation on Intel Joule board

I have an Intel Joule board that has wifi and USB ports, so I think it should be a suitable HA hub. I plan to get an Aeotec Z-Stick Gen 5 USB stick, and a bunch of z-wave devices. I will probably flash the Joule with Ubuntu.

I’m totally new to Home Assistant (and home automation). Any recommendation for the type of installation approach that I should take? From my understanding, Hassbian and HA/AIO are eliminated since I am not using a Raspberry Pi.

So that leaves or Python VirtualEnv? I’m comfortable installing things manually in Ubuntu and/or Docker. My goal is that my HA hub will work well with the Aeotec USB stick and all devices.