I have been using minerstat for about 9 ...
have been using minerstat for about 9 months as a newbie to mining and must say it has been very easy with no real issues. Have tried mining various cryptos and once you know the way around its all quite easy.
Easy and efficient
Minerstat is really easy to use (configuring the actual miner can be complicated though). I switched from using the desktop version to the minerstat OS and it has worked flawlessly after properly configured. Any instability I had in windows is just gone as well, and getting more hashrate and efficiency out of my system now.
Good control centre for your rigs
Good control site, much easier to set up and control then hiveOS. Also has many more options. Unless you have multiple rigs, i cant actually sugest you get the paid upgrade, its not worth it. good for multiple rigs though obviously to have them all in one place.