Download the preferred edition. Also, verify checksum to ensure that file is downloaded successfully. The official, recommended way of doing this is using our Garuda Downloaderapplication which takes care of downloading (who would have expected!) and writing the downloaded iso to your thumb drive via GUI afterwards. You might as well provide an existing iso as seed file - the application is able to minimize the bandwidth used by taking advantage of Zsync2 which just downloads the actual differences of the file.
Once its done, boot the drive you just flashed above by selecting it as boot option in your devices BIOS.
More information on how to achieve this might be available here as the procedure depends on the device manufacturer.
Okay, you installed Garuda Linux, right? Congrats! I'm proud of you!
Let's start some essential things to do after the installation.
¶ Setup assistant - running through steps automatically
The setup assistant will open up after the first boot process has been completed. It will run you through some essential steps which should be performed after an installation and offers an additional wizard which can install a lot of common Linux software. The first prompt will ask you to update the system, which is highly recommended. This will run the update, update mirrorlists to get the best download speed, a few additional maintenance tasks and most importantly: it can apply eventually required manual interventions automatically by updating the garuda-update script to the latest version before proceeding with the actual update. We occasionally use this to work around some problematic situations like the recent example of a required reinstallation of all packages affected by Arch pushing Python 3.10 to its repos.
After that, we you can start the application wizard to help finding fitting and required software - printer support is also one of those options.
Most applications have a short description about what the package actually does - this can help you decide which option to take.
In the end, the assistant will open a terminal window to install & setup the selected options. Additional setup (like enabling systemd services) for packages that require them will be handled automatically.
That is all what we needed to fully install the system. Of course, there are also more things to learn like Octopi, Garuda Gamer and many more. We have a wiki article describing further steps to take when setting up your fresh installation over here. Reading this article is highly recommended as it demonstrates some things most people would like to go through on their new installation.
And now, goodbye. Have a good linuxperience! 😌
P.S.: I am really proud of you if you installed Garuda Linux for the first time 😇