Switching to an optimized and stable distro

Hello everyone, I'm contemplating switching distro from Manjaro KDE to Nobara or Garuda, I never used a Fedora based distro before and haven't touched gnome since years. Also, I'm still wondering if my problems were not mainly for using an Arch based distro.

I want a distro that is low cost in resources yet stable and good performance wise and, mainly for gaming, game (goddot, unity) /software/web development.

In my experience with Manjaro KDE for few years I simply had a lot of spikes when it comes to cpu/disk usage after performing tasks, how is it with Garuda?

Sometimes it freezes a lot, while some software and games feel very buggy, heavy and slow such as simply opening either steam or riot games (are these two a nightmare everywhere else?). Multi-tasking many stuff at once can reproduce the same result, let's say something like opening browser + discord + pdf files + visual studio code or eclipse.

And let's not even talk about stability with Manjaro, I mean as linux user you ought to be somewhat masochistic. But sometimes there is really no solution to do with manjaro beside waiting a very long time for fixes or reinstall the whole distro.

I wonder how many of manjaro problems I faced were also because of KDE or being an arch based distro? That's why I wonder how the KDE from Garuda & Nobara is, and which is better compared when you compare Garuda with Nobara, do they have the same kind of optimization for gaming & ..?

Currently, I'm using a laptop I5 7200U with Integrated graphic intel HD 620 and 8gb ram, I'm also building an above average PC which I need few more months to finish (delivery and foreign currency are a pain where I live), something with ryzen 5 5600g until I find a fine gpu to add at good price. If either distro work well on laptop, then I may also put it on my new desktop pc.

Try them both and decide for yourself. :slightly_smiling_face:

Most people here are using Garuda (the people who think Nobara is better are probably enjoying the discussion at the Nobara forum :wink:), so you are unlikely to get an unbiased take. We're all just going to tell you Garuda is the best! :joy:

One of the great thing about these open-source distros is they are free, and trivial to switch from one to another. So: try them both, play some games, try a few things you have had trouble with on Manjaro or whatever and see what you think.

Honestly, either one would probably work well for you; only you can decide which is best.

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We're all just going to tell you Garuda is the best! :joy:

Well it is.

What is Nobara anyway?

Arch is always a bit of a challenge, but if you're a programmer, that's for you.

The AUR is really really useful. .NET SDK 6.0.9 is only available through the AUR; so is 7 preview. And programming with Avalonia gives mobile support only with the later SDK versions. More stable distros can give you issues with cutting-edge development as a programmer.

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Just gonna put out there that I would also consider BigLinux as it has been heavily optimised to work very well on all old and new hardware. But yeah Garuda is pretty awesome and I don’t know what Nobara or whatever it was is like. Definitely move on from Manjaro though lol

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I "nearly" moved to Manjaro at first, as the "tried and tested" solution. Looking now, I'm glad I didn't.

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I see, thank you for you answer. I take the bias in consideration, no worry!

There is a problem that prevent me from freely testing distros, my external hard drive was ruined. So I have to copy my files via LAN cable or small sized flash disks.

Lastly come internet problem, it's quite slow where I live. So imagine having to do all the downloading process (games & software) to test the distro thoroughly.

Yeah, you dodged a bullet there. Not the worst but still bad.

Thank's for your reply!

Nobara is a new distro made by GloriousEggroll. Just from his name it is rapidly gaining fame.

Arch updates can get pretty beefy... won't work on 56K dial-up modem

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From the FAQ:

The idle RAM usage is pretty high, how to I reduce it?
Answer

Its widely known that unused RAM is wasted RAM nowadays. In Garuda we use some performance tweaks that might increase RAM usage while improving performance such as systemd-swap...etc

Garuda is developed/maintained to use as much RAM as it can to improve performance.

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