So you just installed Garuda and want to know how to proceed? Keep on reading! 😊
Some applications such as Firefox ship their language packs in separate packages which makes installing them after the initial setup a needed step. However, this is a simple process as the Garuda Settings Manager is able to detect and install missing language packs. Open it up and select the “Language Packages” option to download available language packs!
To make all applications easily accessible, all important options are launchable using the Garuda Welcome app. To get an overview of the currently available settings, have a look at the picture below:
The application serves as a shortcut to our Garuda applications, web services, and other important system management tools.
This is the flagship application of our distribution. Here, most of the system maintenance tasks can be performed by simply toggling the option. It can also easily show and copy logs of the system which are required in order to post a help request in our forum. Let's have a look at what's inside!
On this, we have package management related tasks as well as a convenient selection of applications that can get their settings to reset to default in case of issues with the current configuration. You could for example use this to:
This tab is dedicated to enabling and disabling features and software support easily. Basically, this has multiple toggles:
For example, one could for example easily toggle support for printing and enable the firewall by selecting the concerning options and clicking “apply”. If you are unsure about what an option means, searching for “insertanyterm Arch wiki” should provide an extensive explanation.
The settings tab provides a simple interface to manage system settings and services easily. Unlike the components tab, it focuses on performance settings though. Possible use cases would be:
Here again, the hint that “insertanyterm Arch wiki” should provide an extensive explanation about the displayed actions.
The last two tabs focus on providing a simple way of displaying relevant system logs. They also boast a “Copy for forum” and “Open forum” button which new users can use to get the output of
inxi -Faz quickly as this will be the first thing asked for when creating a help request at the forum. Shown logs include:
Initially, the BTRFS Assistants functions were integrated into Garuda Assistant. However, it eventually became its own application to also let other distributions profit from it. Let's have a look at what it can do!
As you can see, this tab provides the most basic information about the filesystem like its size, and currently used storage space, and also recommends a BTRFS balance if needed. You can
Btrfs Maintenance tab.
Btrfs Snapper Settings tab.
This tab shows all available BTRFS subvolumes. You can additionally show Snapper and Timeshift snapshots and delete subvolumes on demand.
Here, all the available snapshots created by Snapper can be managed. Every snapshot will have a corresponding number, time of creation tag, and description which provides information about why a snapshot has been taken. It is also able to create new snapshots, delete obsolete ones and can - of course - restore them.
Restoring snapshots is as easy as:
As of Btrfs Assistant 1.0 we have new features in this tab:
This tab provides an easy way to handle Snapper settings. You can