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Garuda Linux is a new Arch-based distro that comes with just about any desktop you can think of as an option.

Linux distros are as varied as dog breeds, and one that has caught my eye recently is a fairly new one called Garuda Linux, an Arch Linux-based system that in addition to looking great, comes in a ton of flavors.

Garuda lets you choose desktop environment in many varieties, from the classics KDE or GNOME, to the lighter ones like Xfce, Cinnamon or MATE, or going further with more alternative desktops like LXQt-kwin, Wayfire, Qtile, BSPWM and even i3wm.

Easy to use, focused on performance, always up to date

Garuda Gnome

Garuda GNOME

Garuda Linux, being based on Arch, also follows a release model rolling releaseIn other words, it is always constantly updated, offering the most up-to-date experience possible for all users. They only use an additional repository on top of Arch Linux repos.

For the installation they use Calamares that offers a simple and easy-to-use interface, so the process is quite fast, and light years away from the complications involved in installing an Arch without a GUI. You can download the flavor you prefer from its official website and during the installation process you can further customize your system.

After more than 10 years without using KDE Plasma, I have found what is perhaps the best Linux desktop today

Few distros offer so many flavors to try, it is an excellent way to get to know other desktops while maintaining much of the base experience of the same system

Garuda wayfire

Garuda wayfire

The Garuda KDE Dr46onized edition offers a version optimized for gaming, with the wonderful Plasma desk which is honestly my favorite. But that does not detract from the other dozen versions that you can download, some with more than one option and offering very varied experiences depending on your needs.

Garuda uses BTRFS as the file system, uses Timeshift to automatically backup the system after each update and offers the last five snapshots directly from GRUB to restore your system in case of a problem.

As a package manager it uses Pacman, AUR support is enabled by default, and you also have the option to enable support for Snap and Flatpak. The minimum requirements for installation are 30GB of disk space and 4GB of RAM, although they recommend at least 40 GB and 8 GB of RAM, with a graphics compatible with OpenGL 3.3 or better.

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