Garuda First Impressions

This is my review of Garuda Linux. I've been a user of Corel , Mandrake, Debian, Ubuntu, Manjaro linux. I don't switch distributions very often and usually stick with it for years. Manjaro was what I was using for the last few years and it was by far the best distribution offering modern software and relative ease of use with the support from Arch wiki.

So what's the good the bad and ugly of using Garuda Linux?

My initial impressions after just a few days.

First let's start with the ugly. The default interface has some issues with me not being able to see buttons in the gnome control Centre. Like turning on and off the Bluetooth is not really visible unless I happen to know where it is and where to look for. It needs a bit more contrast on the background of the button sliders. The interface is very colourful and very nonstandard icon set but in the end it works except for the lack of contrast for the buttons background.

So what's the bad with it. Well so far most of my problems have been associated with the fact that I run it on three different machines but they are all dual-boot. I am very aware that this distribution does not support dual-boot but it should since people like me have no choice but to have that sort of configuration. One machine had problem that when I installed it Windows 10 would not shut down and kept rebooting and it was easily fixed by me turning off fast boot in Windows. The second machine had problems loading grub but then eventually all I did is shutdown the machine now grub works and everything works. The third machine I'm still struggling with is again a dual-boot machine and with Manjaro I was able to pair my Bluetooth speakers Manjaro, then I paired it under Windows 10 and then I would change the key to match the windows pairing key for Bluetooth to make the speakers work while under both Windows and Manjaro. For some reason this does not work in Garuda, am able to use the speakers and Windows 10 but it will not connect even with the bluetooth key changed to windows one in Garuda. By far the only hardware issue was the fact that my laptop which is an Intel and Nvidia graphics card is only using driver for the Nvidia graphics card not the hybrid Intel and Nvidia driver and there seems to be no option to select that.

So what is the good about it. There is plenty good and I am using Garuda Gnome. First it's very fast even on a 10 year plus old laptop. Lots of little details like transferring over Wi-Fi setting when installing from the live version to the installed version by default. Having VPN shared across all users by default. Those were the little details that Manjaro is missing. Aside from the blistering speed, all the little workarounds for when things go bad with Packman for example are built into the assistant page which I think is brilliant. Things like unlocking the Packman database or even messing with some of the settings it's just brilliant. The main reason for me switching to distribution was the use of copy on write BTRFS so I can have a time stamp and boot from it from grub when things go bad. That is absolutely essential for a reliable system. I love the fact that in most cases it uses the most modern solution for almost everything, all the software it tries to use the most modern version, eg fish comand line. The fact that it uses Arch official repositories means it's easier to maintain in the repositories download a lot faster. Did I say that blistering fast performance makes a difference. I tried connecting to a samba network and it worked flawlessly, tried installing a printer and it worked flawlessly. Definitely the system is fast and responsive and most of my machines have plenty of RAM so I don't care how much of uses because most of it doesn't get used. Overall my initial impression is extremely positive, aside from the Bluetooth speaker problem and it would be nice to be able to use a hybrid driver on my laptop it's definitely not a dealbreaker. I'm extremely impressed with this distribution, it literally builds on top of Manjaro and solve some of its problems. It's still not a distribution for complete newbie, but pretty darn nice for an experienced user. It may not be perfect, but it's the best distribution I have used so far.

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I move it from #community:introductions to #feedback
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Firstly, welcome to Garuda.

It is not that Garuda doesn't support dual booting. Anyone is free to install Garuda in a multi boot configuration (although we don't recommend it). It is simply that we do not have the support resources on the forum to provide "official" support for problems that arise from dual booting. You may still make a request for assistance with a dual boot issue on the forum, but it is unlikely Garuda devs will respond to a complex request for help in this area.

The same policy exists for installing Garuda in a VM. You are free to install in that manner and your system may even function fairly well. However, many users have issues when they install Garuda in a VM. For that reason we do not recommend it (or provide official support for those types of installations either on the forum).

This distro is quite new and does not yet have the forum volunteers available to support non-standard support methods. I hope you can understand why a new small non-commercial distro has its support limitations.

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Classic reply :joy: :grin:

@Cybertruck You can dual boot or multi boot. But Problems definitely exist if config isn't & maintained properly with bare methods to install them.

In b/w some unavoidable problem will come like the pairingkey which should be sadly adjust or tweak over until a better solution come.

Welcome to the Garuda Family :eagle:

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Well I'm not sure what I did, I just repaired to speakers under Windows and then I did the same thing afterwards in Garuda. To my surprise the speakers now work in both Windows and Garuda without modifying and making the pairing key the same. It's almost like the speakers think that it's two different devices for some reason. I don't know why all I know is it works on both platforms right now some not gonna fix it. I'm not going to fix something that's not broken even though technically in my mind it should not work.

Very nice that Garuda automatically connects to pair devices. Again it's a nice little small detail that's done right.

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Windows has a bad habit of interfering with Bluetooth & Network adapters when dual booting with Linux. That's one of the reasons:

Glad things are working for you now.

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I have triple booted my PC with Garuda linux. Other two OSes are elementary and Windows 10. I use all three on regular basis. I never had any problem with anything so far.

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Pairing is not a Garuda problem its a windows problem, Windows unless you set it up correctly so it shuts down clean not its default hibernate or partially update, can and does lock everything at times.

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Dual-booting with Windows killed my Bluetooth chipset. It disappeared totally, even though my BIOS said it was installed. Neither Linux or Windows could recognize or resurrect it. Fortunately, changing a setting in the BIOS to more closely process all of my hardware brought it back to life. Whew! :wink:

I did turn off fast boot in windows on all my machines so it turns off completely. Yes I did realize that Fast boot makes the shutdown process more like a hibernate process and the screws things up on a dual boot. I also turned off fast boot in the UEFI as well. Makes negligible boot speed.

Hopefully that does not happen to me, hard to believe software can kill a chip set. A hard drive yes, but a chip set hard to believe. :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

In my younger days I used to consume massive amounts of drugs and alcohol and have unprotected sex with women of ill repute. To the best of my knowledge this never resulted in any permanent mental or physical harm. I never contracted any social disease or sired any children that I was not intending.

Good fortune aside, I still:

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From my skydiving instructor to me:

"Listen to your Jumpmastetr. If he says he 'highly recommends' something, you'd better take note."

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