I am about to switch to linuxcoin on this piece of shit.
Before you go to that extreme, try cgminer on some flavor of ubuntu 11.04 (I went with Peppermint Two, based on Lubuntu 11.04, which I *highly* recommend). Kano's installation guide worked perfectly for mehttps://github.com/kanoi/linux-usb-cgminer/blob/master/linux-usb-cgminer
The guide is for a 64 bit OS, so that my be a snag if you are 32 bit. But you might try just substituting the 32 bit version of AMD-APP-SDK v.2.4 for the 64 bit version called for in the guide. See the part at the end of this guide on how to write a scripthttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1Gw7YPYgMgNNU42skibULbJJUx_suP_CpjSEdSi8_z9U/edit?pli=1
I recommend that you write the script from scratch in nano (rather than trying to cut+paste or use a standard text editor). So, just type "nano" at terminal and enter the script. When you are done, Ctrl+o, type in file name, then ENTER to save, and Ctrl+x to quit. Otherwise, you can just follow the guide above (btw, the other part of the guide for installing cgminer on xubuntu 12.04 did not work for me, but you might try it also).
Peppermint will offer an automated install of proprietary AMD drivers, but *do not* do that - instead, just follow kano's guide. To install to HD, just click on the "Install Peppermint" icon on the desktop after you boot from live CD/usb.
Compared to BAMT, I'm seeing ~2% increase in efficiency and I can clock my 5850s a little higher. And the desktop is much more responsive. I prefer this set up over BAMT.
Thanks for this. I might consider this, but I am still waiting on someone to help me out with the could not mount /dev/loop0 error. You know anything about this?