KDE lite ISO - 220428

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. :joy:

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...:man_shrugging:...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! :laughing:

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. :blush:

  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
  Type: Desktop Mobo: ASRock model: H310M-STX serial: <superuser required>
    UEFI: American Megatrends v: P4.40 date: 01/13/2020
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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>
  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
  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
  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
  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
  System Temperatures: cpu: 36.0 C pch: 59.0 C mobo: N/A
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
  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:

Nice review, I'm also one who prefers a stock KDE experience.

Just FYI, you don't really need to post an inxi unless you're requesting assistance.


Thanks for the fantastic review @BluishHumility!

My goal with this edition was to create an edition that was as small as possible ISO size wise while still providing a usable user experience out of the box that can be considered stock. Well.... I'm also too lazy to do any theming whatsoever so it kinda goes hand in hand :stuck_out_tongue:

The reason this edition is considered "advanced users only" is that it doesn't ship with any NVIDIA drivers and straight up refuses to boot when the proprietary drivers option is selected. All in an effort to reduce the ISO size, and reduce the ISO size it did!

Adding fish is something I could definitely do and there's still plenty of optimization work to do on the ISO size front too!

Oh yes, that is also one of my major goals. Still provide the Garuda "experience" while ditching the theming and "bloat" as much as possible.


Booted and tested.

This is a really nice vanilla KDE distro. The only thing missing is a browser, but that's easy enough to install, plus there's slight duplication with having both Alacritty and Konsole (but that's minor, plus I think Alacritty is needed for something?).

It almost makes me want to try KDE. :grin:


Is Lynx minimal enough to not raise complaints from those whining about bloat? :rofl:


Lynx, the browser which saves your a$$ on any Gentoo installation. :rofl:
I like it :slight_smile: ngl

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Hey, that's what the setup assistant is for!


hrmmm I have a new-to-me old dell lappy here let me try this Lite.

I love Garuda's settings, but since I prefer a more normal look, this is a really good choice, especially now that I'm supposed to go back to using Garuda after a year and a half (and having the choice between the Lite and the Dragonized comes at a good time)

The only thing, is there a list of packages on the Dragonized that aren't on the LIte, just to see how debloated it is?

Welcome to the forums :slight_smile:

Packages lists are on the download pages.