Garuda Linux

Jun 01, 2021

Garuda linux is an Arch-Linux based Distro and it is the next step evolution of desktop linux. It is free and the installation process is very easier since it uses the Calamares installer that is faster.

Garuda brings the best features and advancements the linux world has to offer along with many homegrown tools and applications like Garuda assistant and Garuda Gamer. It has 15 different variants that can be used with. It has an advanced and a modern BTRFS file system.It has Automatic Timeshift Backups. It is restorable from the bootloader. It also has reliability, Garuda assistant for deep system control and so many other features that cannot be found somewhere else.Garuda is stunning and super attractive compared to other desktop environments.

User interface

Garuda linux gnome and Garuda linux dragonized

The first and the biggest attraction of the garuda linux is its stunning interface.It is colourful and bold. It is available in 15 different variants and the major desktop environments. It is good on gnome,Xfce, Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, LxQT-Kwin, Wayfair,Qtile, BSPWM and i3wm desktops, and a special dragonized edition featuring a modified kde plasma along with all other desktops.This desktop is a neon themed stunner, its kd plasma with themes and customization applied everywhere. It has a latte dock at the bottom and the panel at the top giving us a max-style desktop but with more shine and glitter.The icons are absolutely rad and give out a nice wipe, and the default wallpaper makes it look amazing. The applications have a beautiful transparency mechanism. It has nailed the dark slash transparent theme, the animations and effects are so smooth and eye catchy, it also gives a very fluid feel to the system.

If garuda dragonized is too shiny for you, you can experience the same garuda awesomeness in a gorgeous looking gnome desktop that is a bit modest, garuda gnome is pure eye candy, the desktop looks more professionally presentable than the dragonized version.Garuda has many tools and features that are not found in any other linux distro, these features make garuda one kind of unique and the best recommendation among other for 2021.  


Performance

Garuda linux is powered by a custom engine that is tuned for maximum performance throughput.Garuda uses linux xen kernel which comes with many performance oriented optimizations and tweaks. It feels more responsive and fluid than other operating systems, because it uses ram in a slightly different way. Garuda uses a little bit of unused free ram to cache up things that the system might use so that you get a more responsive system. Garuda also has zram enabled by default with this the system responsiveness and multi-tasking will be improved if you have an hdd.Then we also get various intelligent tweaks to improve the i/o speeds, cpu frequency scaling and so many other things.

Usability      

Garuda is based on Arch-linux and it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that arch is more of a do it yourself kind of distro. Arch linux is incredible but it can be restricted to linux newcomers and beginners because of its diy principle, garuda takes up completely different approach and brings the arch awesomeness to everybody, minus the installation hassle, firstly the garuda linux is installed using the calamares installer which is one of the easiest and quickest installers we have. Garuda linux comes with many homegrown tools that makes linux just more familiar and simpler to the user, even newcomers can do things here that otherwise require a black belt in linux.All these tools are grouped under an application called the garuda welcome, from here you can fine control over your system.Garuda assistant here gives us a simple graphical interface to control various advanced aspects of the system. Many complicated tasks like installing a firewall from a choice selection can be done with a single click here at arch specific system maintenance like refreshing the mirror list, reinstalling every single package, clearing out often packages, all these can be done here with a single click.Along with garuda assistant we have a garuda manager that gives you full access over your hardware management,kernel management and other stuffs.

Stability

Since Garuda linux is arch derivative, its a rolling release linux distro with bleeding edge tech , it's got the newest of everything while arch can be used for any purpose, the frequent updates that it gets can be detrimental to its stability. Driver issues, boot loops and other issues can occur after updates, while these issues are rare arch-based systems require more care and housekeeping from the user than say debian, to overcome this reliability issue, garuda developers have implemented two features and they are ingenious together.


Firstly, Garuda linux installs on a btrfs file system, while there is no shortage of excellent file systems on linux, btrfs is just better in many ways.It is a modern file system that has advanced features such as powerful snapshots that are just impactful in preventing data loss and data corruption.Along with this garuda linux has time shift deeply integrated into the OS, time shift not only creates daily snapshots but make system backups just before you install a software or upgrade the system. These backup snapshots are accessible from the grub bootloader itself.

“Garuda is a game changer in how it provides a strong reliability.”

Software availability

Garuda linux fetches software from arch repositories, along with that it also has access to the arch user repositories which is the biggest collection of linux software out there.Anything created for linux will be available in the arch user repositories and one better arch and arch based distros have the newest of all the packages, you get the latest software version before anybody else, so you enjoy the best in class software availability with garuda. It also uses chaotic AUR, which contains many pre-built binaries that directly work without any issues. This is very convenient and more user friendly. Any software you need can be installed on garuda linux using Pamac, which is a clean and an organized software manager.

Gaming

Linux gaming has gotten so good today that it is unbelievable. Thanks to tools like proton and wine, you can play triple titles like witcher 3, GTA 5,doom and Sakiro shadows died twice on linux flawlessly. Garuda linux has a gaming dedicated application called Garuda Gamer. This application is the gateway to manage all your gaming tools all from one place.You can install steam, play on linux, wine, proton and a ton of other gaming applications from here. We also get a number of fantastic emulators that just ramp up the gaming experience.

Installation

Garuda linux ships with calamares installer, its one of the simplest linux installers that has simple options and workflow, you just select the language, your location, keyboard layout, the partition you want to install garuda linux on and Calamares does the rest. Garuda installs in 15-20 mins even linux newcomers can install garuda linux easily. After installation, there is a little setup procedure that takes you through setting up the system exactly the way you like it. It does various things like setting up the software mirrors for your locale, letting you choose various applications like your office suite and installing for you. Overall garuda linux has a self-explanatory and simple installation and the setup procedure that even linux newcomers can follow without any inconvenience.




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