Okay, the system update is what is killing me, takes up all the space. Hmmm, I am also such a linux noob that I do not know how to delete programs, but I would love to get rid of all the office and web apps that come with ubuntu, although xbuntu is definitely better.
Is this a dedicated mining rig? If so, depending on the amount of ram and presence or absence of a hdd, you probably dont want to install a full fledged ubuntu on it. Its possible to remove unwanted apps of course (through ubuntu software center) but the thing to understand here is that a distribution is the combination of the OS + desktop + collection of apps. Thats what sets one distribution apart from the other. You are better off picking a distribution that already eliminated the things you dont need for mining, like linuxcoin or bamt.
That said, having those apps installed really shoudnt matter unless you are short on diskspace or ram. If you are having stability issues, removing apps isnt going to help, since you most likely have a hardware issue (or rare, but it happens, hardware thats not properly supported by the kernel, like a buggy ACPI bios).
Hey Kanoi, do you think Xbuntu set up through your guide, is more stable than Linuxcoin? Also, do you get a CPU bug with the Xbuntu install?
If your hardware is ok and properly supported, xubuntu is just as stable as linuxcoin, ubuntu or any other linux distro. Ive had linuxcoin run for months with zero issues.
The CPU usage bug is not in Linux, its in the AMD drivers, and the same problem occurs on Windows. Older versions of the AMD drivers do not have it (11.4 and older I think) and the latest version (11.11) apparently fixes it for most, but not all people. Different distro's come with different default drivers, or default to different drivers in the case of ubuntu. Im not sure which one comes with Linuxcoin, but I dont have the cpu bug with it. Nor did I have it with (x)ubuntu 10.04 or 10.10. I do have it with (l/x/k)ubuntu 11.x after installing the recommended AMD driver. I have not tied the latest AMD driver on it yet.