Hello there, i'm currently tempted to switch to Garuda Linux from another Arch-based distro but it look quite resource-eater and i saw some user with more than 8/10% used by the kwin process. So I come to question myself here about the "power"/efficiency of Garuda ? I mean, is the distro heavy ?
On my machine, Garuda Linux takes 1.4GB of RAM when IDLE and currently I am using CPU intensive applications like Chrome, Firefox etc. but still the load factor is 0.4 only which is a very acceptable number on a multi core system. When the system is on idle, the load factor becomes 0.1
Before this, on my Base Arch System (KDE + very minimum packages and background process) the battery lasted for 2.5 hours but in Garuda linux it is lasting for 2 hours 15 mins. (On Windows, barely 40 mins)
Responsiveness of the System
It's very fast. sometimes I load videos on mpv and it loads instantaneous which makes me surprised sometimes. This I haven't observed with any other OS I have used. Probably have to do with the kernel and it's compatibility with my machine
I am mostly on 4GB of ram and 4 core pentium N4200. Surprisingly doable. Chrome and few tabs open works well. battery life very decent. better than windows I can say for sure .I am loving the restore points. I was compiling on (passively cooled laptop) on 4 threads and was using chrome playing music. Manjaro is less pretty and don't have timeshift restore points. if you remove (but why would you, the latte dock, ram usage is the same. Kde feels great here on Intel 505 graphics.