There is a new Linux-based distribution for Ethereum (ETH) mining for Nvidia GPUs available called XMOD that you might want to check out if you are using Windows as a mining OS. XMOS fully supports Nvidia GPU including overclocking and although it might work on AMD GPUs as well, it lacks overclocking support included, so probably not the best choice for mining on AMD GPUs as you will not be able to optimize them effectively for ETH mining. Currently XMOS only supports Ethereum mining using the official ethminer (supporting both AMD and Nvidia GPUs) and there is no developer fee included. The mining distribution is based on Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS and all should fit on a single 8GB or larger USB flash drive, so you can use that directly to boot and start mining. There is no graphical interface, everything is being controlled via a terminal windows and you can SSH to the mining rig to monitor it, so this may not be very convenient for larger mining operations for monitoring and control. Still it might be interesting to check out and try, especially for people that are not much into Linux for mining and if it continues to be developed further it could turn up into an even more interesting alternative to what is already available as Linux-based mining OSes.
– For more details about the XMOS Lightweight Linux-based ETH Mining OS for Nvidia GPUs..