I have been using Linux since 1999 when I was student. As a passionate user innumerable times done install experiments and usage experiments countless distributions including quite unheard ones. Due to responsibilities at various fronts, these days at the most once in a year or two at max I get chance to try different ones and a round up of how things are around to get first hand knowledge. For the last few days I was in dire need to find a good distribution. Main problem was vmware has become so unreliable and in many distributions with latest hardware, it was a tough thing and when I had updated, worst things happened and I decided to move to KVM as my need for some esoteric setup is over and may not need vmware workstation again.
I was hesitant to use Garuda Linux for this purpose though when I had tried my hands at various distributions, I only had lost lot of productive time to make things work in the way I wanted.
Finally I tried Garuda Linux today and during install it did not delete partition table reporting the error and stopping. Thought, this too … (sorry but sharing my initial wrong impression). But then tried looking help; solved easily.
A few small hurdles like making windows key work, dbus_vs_dotnet install issue, installing exa, removing --icons in .bashrc.
But after installing KVM, it was the most unexpected experience till date with any distribution I had tried. It just worked as if it read what is deep in my mind wished for. Amazing experience !!
Don’t get me wrong when I say, I remembered what Linus Torvalds long back said out of frustration when desktop environments did not work as intended when he had tried installing and using but falling short of his expectation. At that time I did not realize the importance as I was not so much dependent on usability back then. But now it is absolutely critical for me as I can not spend time on the stuff like when I was a student nor earlier / early mid stages of my career.
The software complexity is increasing day by day and getting the installed system to dance to my tunes in a balanced way is becoming only more difficult over the years no matter which distribution I tried. But but… I can not just believe when I see a distribution so beautiful (not meaning aesthetics, though they are needless to say, so cool, which everyone realized) and perfected to the core this great.
Literally I felt tears. You have not just put fun back into computing but have put life back into Linux especially for those who had first hand experiences in the Linux distributions’ evolution.
My observation before installing was, the forum was not having the needed subtle smile seen in a matured organized forum. Guys, believe me it is not true. Please never aim for such fallacy. When the pain is known then the words come with much needed scientific touch in reality and they always have some kind of agony, no matter how much you try not to show up. (But I guess we have AI technologies btw to take care such, if needed, just in case acceptable and reword). So I knew what to look for and what not to. But the main reason why I choose to install was not these communication related aspects. It was that, the forum was ‘highly active’. This made me to go ahead and try, apart from my dissatisfaction with other distributions as mentioned already.
Congratulations for making this kind of distribution. I have never praised any distribution though used. This is the first time I felt like sharing my feelings in a public forum. But it is worth.
For sure, this distribution will become the number one distribution, not just among Linux flavors but also …
Finally, I could not contribute when paypal denied and as I do not use the other websites which I do not know. Please add some more ways to do the transfer. GPay per country, where possible ?