I was running Manjaro on my son’s older Asus ROG and he complained about game performance so it has been sitting. I was wanting to check out Garuda so I installed it today on his Asus. I only had a few hiccups once installed and was rather forced to install the Dr460ized version – I wanted KDE, because the other KDE links were broke. I really wanted the big ugly gaming version. Oh well.
Install was easy and straight forward. After reboot and connecting to WiFi it stopped working when I ran the setup-assistant in the Garuda Welcome window. That made it impossible to find the mirrors 🙂 Logged back into WiFi and restarted the process. Update got an error on some Wayland app. I removed it. It didn’t seem to break anything. After that it went smooth.
Once updated it walked me through the various apps available to install. None of the apps I chose actually installed. I manually installed them from Pacman. All good…
In the menu under System in Garuda Gamer I installed all the fun shit, like Lutris, Steam, Wine, DoxBox, and RetroArch. Minecraft launcher wasn’t there so that I installed through Pacman as well. That all worked. I loaded up a couple of games from my GOG account and they installed without issue and run effing great!
I did change the window behavior so the title, window buttons, and menu wouldn’t get removed from the actual window and placed on the dock when enlarged. Just a setting in Latte that was not very intuitive! Also removed the widgets from the Latte dock that placed those windows items. If you like Mac I guess it might be a keeper but the window buttons?
Now that everything was installed and running great I found that Obs did not have a pretty icon! WTF? Fuck it, I made one and it can be downloaded here. It includes various sizes in PNG and the SVG if you want to tweak it.
I am thinking of moving my laptop to this beauty. I think I will wait for a little bit until the minor irritations I ran into clear up. Had a couple lock ups when attempting to restore trash, had a message about Plymouth boot screen, which weirdly resolved itself, and some theme issue in some apps. Certainly not show stoppers and easily worked round or dealt with.
Here’s a screen!
Below is a video of it running on my System 76 laptop. I tweaked the UI a bit more than the Asus. I also got the keyboard back-lights working relatively easily by installing the system76-dkms and system76-acpi-dkms from AUR and running the following commands then rebooting:
sudo modprobe system76
sudo modprobe system76_acpi