I'm Guybrush from Amsterdam.
I'm a java developer and have been using linux on a daily basis for about twelve years now (both at home and at work). Once upon a time I used SUSE (6.2). At some point I started using Ubuntu at home, since LifeHacker and similar sites covered it quite extensively. Like many linux desktop users, I wasn't a big fan of Unity (and to be fair, Amazon ads showing up in global search didn't help either), so at that point I switched to Mint. It has been a great experience to watch that distro mature, and the upgrade process getting smoother as part of each major release. However, for a couple of years now, the jump towards Arch seemed inevitable. Using Ukuu, I've been able to keep my kernels up to date, but at some point I got really annoyed by late package updates. So I've been keeping my eyes and ears open, and through Linux Unplugged I was informed about the existence of Garuda. I've tried it out for a while, and at some point I decided to start using it (the Gnome edition) professionally. After some minor tweaks I'm a happy camper.
I admire the fact that Garuda has the cojones to be pretty opioniated and, as it happens, many of the choices that are made by default either coincide with my existing preferences or are implemented well enough to convince me. For example, I had already decided to go with zsh as the default shell (or to be more specific: GitHub - romkatv/zsh4humans: A turnkey configuration for Zsh), but I liked the default settings well enough to keep using fish.
So thanks a lot for this great project!