Other people have been pointing out that Windows is struggling with Skylake as well, and I've heard the same.
Skylake was touted by Intel as being one of their proudest achievements in power management to date. My guess is that their changes were so drastic that the software didn't keep up.
I do have an NVMe hard drive, which does seem to cause some issues, for reasons passing understanding.
I was disappointed other OEMs had beaten them to it, but it looks like they just dumped hardware on the market without suitable software. Apple obviously take responsibility for both.
Intel has been doing this too with the NUC. If you go on the Intel forums, you'll find people having serious problems right now with Skylake NUCs .
Even the previous generation of NUCs (that were released over a year ago) still have major bugs with Linux. For example, there's a BIOS bug that reboots the machine instead of shutting down. They've known about it for at least 5 months now and it's still not fixed . And it seems likely to affect all versions of Linux, not just some obscure variant.
It's one thing to be running hot all the time, it's an entirely different thing to actually cause damage because of that.
This reminds me of some laptops a few years ago which would overheat just sitting in the BIOS setup screen for too long, because the fans were entirely software-controlled and that hadn't been loaded yet.
I don't think power management should ever be left to software entirely if it can result in situations like this - software can make the CPU go into a lower power state, but the CPU should know when it's too hot and throttle itself without any intervention from software.
(I'm well aware it's not a realistic experiment, but it's a fun demonstration nonetheless.)
That video was made because AMD didn't incorporate such protective features back in that era. That's why their chip absolutely fries itself within moments of removing the heatsink. 100W through an area the size of a Tic-Tac (die area dedicated to cache uses almost no power) is a recipe for catastrophic failure if left unchecked.
At which point I'd take the side of my PC off, and manually spin the fan until it got the idea.
I run Debian-testing (aka Stretch), which ships with linux 4.4 and Wayland. I had weird issues with X11, but I had blamed that on the NVidia/dual-card setup which I did not bother investigating.
Besides that, I've had no issues at all with the laptop. I haven't even run the BIOS update yet. Only annoyance was the lack of select-to-copy in Wayland/Gnome, which apparently is fixed in the new version. :-)