I had distro hopped on Garuda a couple years ago before I switched my daily driver to Windows.
I'm very impressed with Garuda this time around. Everything works. This is the first "Out of Box" experience I've had with any Linux Distro to date. So many distro's claim to be "Out of Box", and this is the first actually experience of that. Having been a Linux user for 8 years, I'm expecting something to break.
But I'm refraining from making changes to this. I used to constantly mess around with Plasma and bits and pieces that would work for a while, but eventually seemed to break. This time I'm leaving that all alone. I'm not a Linux expert, but I know enough to cause damage. So, I've been saying to myself lately, "If I change this, do I know how to reverse this?" This has been saving me a lot of hassle. For example, I hate the Mac-like title bar. So, I'm just getting used to it and I'm no longer going to worry about it.
I decided to completely switch our Family laptop in our Kitchen to Garuda, and it's become an instant hit with my 9 year old son and 6 year old daughter. Their first question was "Does it play Roblox?", and somehow, I got it to work on Garuda, so they are super happy. You should have seen my son's reaction when he first saw Garuda, his mind was blown away with how beautiful the GUI looked.
I don't want to waste too much time here, but it's been wonderful using Garuda.
Hey! I'm five years your senior and share the approach. An OS should not cost to much time in itself. It should facilitate the work we want to get done.
But then: You have to set up and fine tune your workbench before starting the job.
For me, the important switch was to KDE, because I find the 'Activities' fascinating.
I ended up here because I liked the looks and now I feel a bit worried because it seems that people use the command line a lot - which is not my favourite.
Now it's my turn to say: Impressive! I just discovered the ' Setup Assistant ' and walking through it showed clearly that Garuda had in some magic way checked which apps I had installed on my previous (Linux Mint) installation (of which I have mounted the 'Home' partition when I installed Garuda. This made my life such a lot easier, great! I could just get them reinstalled with a click.