Greetings from new vm user


I have been checking out Garuda Linux in a VM these last few days.

Interesting ideas here. Doesn't seem mentioned alot, but great job on the services ( bitwarden, nextcloud, searx ). Very good to see this.

Also really like the firedragon browser, since I am a librewolf use... saves me half hour of compilations :slight_smile:

hblock is also cool, although I do have a personal pihole. But its another great idea in terms of online privacy.

also cool tools on the terminal... I myself didn't knew about bat and exa.

using btrfs and zram also very nice :slight_smile: with timeshift, although I prefer the "opensuse" style of doing backups ( and RO root filesystem with transactional server or microOS ). But its better than nothing.

and the other tools are very cool also ( although there seems to be some bugs ).

The desktop layout is very nice also, very similar to what I have. ( actually the distro has a lot of similarities with what i setup on gentoo ). So overall I really like the decisions/ideas/selections here.

Congrats !

minus points -> I really don't like the "look" of the dragonized desktop. Its cool for screenshots ( the wallpaper is awesome, and the effect at login in and out of kde is very nice indeed ). I am more of a "formal look minimalistic" kinda guy.

Well ... just wanted to say congrats on the services online which seems very cool and the distro.

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If there's a better approach then give us an outline (e.g. a new thread under #development) and someone might implement it.


Try barebones


I can give an outline, but I think "the opensuse way" aka snapper way is known ( it is discussed here on the forums... specially the "snapshots are rw instead of ro" in timeshift ( which also has that issue raised there on timeshift's github ).

Although ... its not perfect, RO root can be annoying because of the reboots ( although there is the transactional-update --shell , which "chroots" into the new snapshot and you can manage it interactivly ) and the snapper way works by setting the btrfs root default subvolume, which I am not also very fan of.
Anyway, gets the job done and timeshift is easier ( maybe it can get RO snapshots sooner or later ).

Anyway ... I am saying this because I think this is the "dev's" choice ( already know about snapper and opensuse microos ). But if you think it can help, I can create the topic !

Btw ... if i may ask, ( if not just don't answer ) jonathon, you were on manjaro forums, right ? I tested manjaro for a while ( sometimes chromium/qtwebkit/qtwebengine on gentoo can .... make me try binary distros :stuck_out_tongue: )

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yeah , i did ...
Still pretty nice, but too bad you "dont give support" on barebones :slight_smile:

I downloaded the package list from both isos ( dragonized and barebones ) and did a compare ( sorted and comm ) just so I could see the differences. Might be a solution. ( but changing themes on dragonized isn't *** that *** hard :stuck_out_tongue: :stuck_out_tongue: :stuck_out_tongue: and dragonized does have some things I do want .... but barebones is cool and its a good base and the tools can help configure it ) ( idea : does the garuda tools have some kinda of "export configs/selections and import configs/selections ? )

Sidenote: on barebones the garuda tools do work, but have some issues. It seems that on garuda assistant manager ( if I am not mistaken ) , one cannot enable support for multiple things at the same time ( for example enabling pipewire and firewall at the same sime will fail ), but doing it one by one ( pipewire enable -> apply then firewall enable -> apply ) it works. It seems it passes the packages separated by "," commas ? I can do a screenshot if needed :slight_smile:

Correct. Many of the regulars here (and on the EndeavourOS forum) used to be. :wink: