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[ Review ] Garuda Linux OS [ EN ]


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Garuda Linux, emerging as a prominent player in the Linux distribution arena, is acclaimed for its blend of high performance and visually appealing features.

Rooted in Arch Linux, it boasts a strikingly customized KDE Plasma desktop with a unique dark, neon aesthetic.

The distribution offers a plethora of desktop environment choices, including KDE Plasma, Xfce, GNOME, Cinnamon, LXQt, MATE, Deepin, UKUI, Wayfire, BSPWM, and i3WM, accommodating a wide range of user preferences.

 

The installation process of Garuda Linux is significantly streamlined by the Calamares installer, making it more accessible, especially for those hesitant about the traditional Arch Linux installation method.

It utilizes the B-tree file system (BTRFS) as its default, which is recognized for advanced features like snapshots and checksums.

This is particularly advantageous for its rolling release model, safeguarding the system against potential instabilities from less tested software updates.

 

In terms of package management, Garuda Linux inherits the graphical package manager Pamac from Manjaro, and also offers Pacman as a command-line option.

These tools ensure both ease of use and powerful functionality, with support for the Arch User Repository (AUR) and options to enable Snap and Flatpak.

Additionally, Garuda Linux includes the Garuda Assistant for simplified system administration and the Garuda Gamer, a GUI dedicated to gaming packages, highlighting the system’s focus on gaming.

 

When compared to Windows 10/11, Garuda Linux stands out for its swift performance, leveraging vram and a zen kernel.

The dr460nized KDE theme is widely praised for its visual appeal.

The system is approachable for users new to Arch Linux, offering numerous quality-of-life enhancements and a pre-configured, highly customizable interface.

It shines in terms of gaming support, including excellent video driver compatibility, but requires a minimum of 4GB of RAM, higher than most Linux distributions.

In contrast, Windows 10/11 enhances gaming performance with features like DirectX 12 Ultimate and DirectStorage but faces criticism for its integration with the Microsoft Store and privacy concerns.

 

Enhancing its gaming capabilities, Garuda Linux seamlessly integrates Lutris , a free and open-source game manager.

Lutris is designed to preserve and enhance video game collections across diverse hardware and software platforms.

It supports a wide array of emulators, compatibility layers, and offers direct access to game libraries from platforms like Steam, Epic Games Store, GOG, and Humble Bundle.

Lutris is particularly notable for its community-driven approach, offering installer scripts to optimize the Wine environment for specific games.

This commitment to gaming aligns perfectly with Garuda Linux's gaming-focused features.

 

More About Lutris:
here: https://github.com/lutris/lutris/wiki
and here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutris

 

The software installation process on Garuda Linux is user-friendly, offering a choice between Pacman and Yay for package management.

Both efficiently manage dependencies and installation processes, contrasting with the more manual approach required in Windows environments.

 

In summary, Garuda Linux distinguishes itself as a user-friendly, performance-oriented, and aesthetically appealing Arch Linux-based system.

Its robust gaming support and integration with Lutris make it a favorable platform for gamers, providing a stable and enhanced gaming experience.

This combination of features and capabilities solidifies Garuda Linux as a compelling choice for users seeking an efficient, customizable, and gaming-centric Linux distribution.

 

There's a burgeoning community of enthusiasts who passionately advocate for Garuda Linux, highlighting its myriad benefits and unique features.

To truly capture the essence of this fervor and provide a deeper understanding of how Garuda Linux operates, I recommend exploring one of the many advocacy videos created by its proponents.

These videos offer insightful perspectives and demonstrations, showcasing the real-world applications and advantages of this dynamic Linux distribution.

For a specific example, see this compelling piece of pro-Garuda propaganda: https://youtu.be/a9ZSLNbgF14

More about Garuda Linux:
here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garuda_Linux
and here: https://wiki.garudalinux.org

 

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