I know the paint is still a little wet but I wanted to say I am just so pleased with the KDE lite ISO! It's refreshing to have a nice, clean, pared-back system--well, as pared-back as KDE gets, anyway.
Stock KDE really is a masterpiece I think. I'm aware the greater appeal of KDE is how customizable it is, and how easy it is to take it further than the base layers, but......I just like it!
I was a little surprised to discover that fish is not installed by default. I understand the concept of the bare-bones offering, but I guess I kind of feel like fish is more of an established Garuda expression. Like the zen kernel, or the micro text editor. I mean nano would be more "bare-bones" than micro, but on a Garuda system it just wouldn't feel right--you know what I mean? If it's an anti-bloat move, I get it...but I feel like it would be worth a few extra megs to get in in there.
In any case, it's certainly no hardship to get fish going--you tick the checkbox in Garuda Assistant and sit back while it sets itself up for you!
Honestly, it's not hard to get anything going on this system. Garuda Assistant is there at first boot to stock the pantry with all your favorite stuff, and KDE has so many settings and features built into the GUI anyway it's just a breeze to get things set up just how you want. Which brings me to this:
Why the grave warning on KDE lite?
Obviously it doesn't have as many packages as the other builds, but it's not missing anything fundamental. All the Garuda tools are here, plus it's not like KDE doesn't bring anything to the picnic. You don't have to configure the network from scratch or hack away at any config files to set it up--it works great out of the box, and has tons of stuff.
If anything, it seems like running a simple, close-to-stock version of KDE would be more stable than some of the other KDE spins, with all the settings cranked up to eleven and people breaking latte dock all the time!
One small oddity I noticed is for some reason a fresh install boots up with both Pipewire and Pulse Audio running:
Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.17.5-zen1-1-zen running: yes Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.21 running: no Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: yes Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.51 running: yes
Obviously that is a very easy fix but I thought I would mention it in case it was caused by accident.
Anyway, I'm just so happy I finally got around to installing
bare-bones KDE lite. It's simple, snappy, and frankly just beautiful. Well done as always.
System: Kernel: 5.17.5-zen1-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.2.0 parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen root=UUID=f2f5411f-7f58-482a-aa53-fb44c3bd9024 rw [email protected] quiet loglevel=3 Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.24.4 tk: Qt v: 5.15.3 wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux Machine: Type: Desktop Mobo: ASRock model: H310M-STX serial: <superuser required> UEFI: American Megatrends v: P4.40 date: 01/13/2020 CPU: Info: model: Intel Core i5-9400 bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Coffee Lake family: 6 model-id: 0x9E (158) stepping: 0xA (10) microcode: 0xEC Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 6 smt: <unsupported> cache: L1: 384 KiB desc: d-6x32 KiB; i-6x32 KiB L2: 1.5 MiB desc: 6x256 KiB L3: 9 MiB desc: 1x9 MiB Speed (MHz): avg: 4011 high: 4067 min/max: 800/4100 scaling: driver: intel_pstate governor: performance cores: 1: 4000 2: 4000 3: 4001 4: 4000 5: 4067 6: 4001 bogomips: 34798 Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT disabled Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT disabled Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Retpolines, IBPB: conditional, IBRS_FW, STIBP: disabled, RSB filling Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected Graphics: Device-1: Intel CoffeeLake-S GT2 [UHD Graphics 630] vendor: ASRock driver: i915 v: kernel ports: active: DP-1 empty: DP-2,HDMI-A-1,HDMI-A-2 bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:3e92 class-ID: 0300 Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.3 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X: loaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,intel,vesa gpu: i915 display-ID: :0 screens: 1 Screen-1: 0 s-res: 2560x1440 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 677x381mm (26.65x15.00") s-diag: 777mm (30.58") Monitor-1: DP-1 model: Acer EB321HQU C serial: <filter> built: 2020 res: 2560x1440 hz: 60 dpi: 93 gamma: 1.2 size: 699x393mm (27.52x15.47") diag: 802mm (31.6") ratio: 16:9 modes: max: 2560x1440 min: 720x400 OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel UHD Graphics 630 (CFL GT2) v: 4.6 Mesa 22.0.2 direct render: Yes Audio: Device-1: Intel Cannon Lake PCH cAVS vendor: ASRock driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel alternate: snd_soc_skl,snd_sof_pci_intel_cnl bus-ID: 00:1f.3 chip-ID: 8086:a348 class-ID: 0403 Device-2: GEMBIRD Honk HK-5002 USB Speaker type: USB driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus-ID: 1-6:4 chip-ID: 1908:2070 class-ID: 0300 serial: <filter> Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.17.5-zen1-1-zen running: yes Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.21 running: no Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: yes Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.51 running: yes Network: Device-1: Intel Ethernet I219-V vendor: ASRock driver: e1000e v: kernel port: N/A bus-ID: 00:1f.6 chip-ID: 8086:15bc class-ID: 0200 IF: eno1 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> Device-2: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168NGW [Stone Peak] driver: iwlwifi v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 bus-ID: 02:00.0 chip-ID: 8086:24fb class-ID: 0280 IF: wlp2s0 state: down mac: <filter> Bluetooth: Device-1: Intel Wireless-AC 3168 Bluetooth type: USB driver: btusb v: 0.8 bus-ID: 1-14:6 chip-ID: 8087:0aa7 class-ID: e001 Report: rfkill ID: hci0 rfk-id: 1 state: up address: see --recommends Drives: Local Storage: total: 1.36 TiB used: 140.01 GiB (10.0%) SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required. ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Western Digital model: WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 31.6 Gb/s lanes: 4 type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 211210WD temp: 46.9 C scheme: GPT ID-2: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Samsung model: SSD 860 EVO 500GB size: 465.76 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 4B6Q Partition: ID-1: / raw-size: 74.51 GiB size: 74.51 GiB (100.00%) used: 11.94 GiB (16.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p11 maj-min: 259:11 ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 1.86 GiB size: 1.86 GiB (99.80%) used: 521 MiB (27.4%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1 ID-3: /home raw-size: 74.51 GiB size: 74.51 GiB (100.00%) used: 11.94 GiB (16.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p11 maj-min: 259:11 ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 74.51 GiB size: 74.51 GiB (100.00%) used: 11.94 GiB (16.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p11 maj-min: 259:11 ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 74.51 GiB size: 74.51 GiB (100.00%) used: 11.94 GiB (16.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p11 maj-min: 259:11 Swap: Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default) ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 18.63 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: -2 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p7 maj-min: 259:7 ID-2: swap-2 type: zram size: 15.3 GiB used: 2 MiB (0.0%) priority: 100 dev: /dev/zram0 Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 36.0 C pch: 59.0 C mobo: N/A Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A Info: Processes: 263 Uptime: 15m wakeups: 0 Memory: 15.3 GiB used: 2.96 GiB (19.3%) Init: systemd v: 250 tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 11.2.0 Packages: pacman: 1216 lib: 325 Shell: fish v: 3.4.1 running-in: alacritty inxi: 3.3.15 Garuda (2.6.2-1): System install date: 2022-04-29 Last full system update: 2022-04-29 ↻ Is partially upgraded: No Relevant software: NetworkManager Windows dual boot: No/Undetected Snapshots: Snapper Failed units: