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Garuda, one of the newer Arch-based distributions on the scene. Known for a multitude of desktop options. Full of a rich, eye-candy and colorful schema. There seems to be a DE/WM for everyone. If you want to word process, you’re covered. If you want to learn to hack, there is a Black Arch addition, games no problem. They run the zen kernel by default to improve performance while still using close to the rolling kernel release. This is great to promote driver support. So, why would we like to change anything about that? Well, every operating system could use a few tweaks. It is all about the user.

Today we will go over how to make Garuda even more in tune with what you might want. First, we will look into installing drivers that will help your system run that much better. Next, we will cover firewalls and why to enable it. Next, we will look into TRIM for SSD. Then, we will speed up our AUR downloads. Finally, we will cover how to disable the GRUB delay to speed up your boot process. So if you love Garuda and want to make it a little more comfy, follow along. Let’s get into it!

Drivers

During installation, you have the chance to install drivers for Nvidia. If you forgot and wanted to try them out we got you covered. If you want to go back to open-source drivers, this will help you out. All we need to do is start by opening the Garuda welcome screen.

Garuda icon for welcome screen

Next we need to select Garuda settings manager. Click on Garuda settings manger.

Garuda setting manager

Now we will have to select hardware configuration.

select video drivers in Garuda Linux

You will now see some drivers. We don’t have too many choices as we are running Garuda in a VM. But this is where you should see any drivers available for your system. You can just check the box next  to the desired drivers and select Auto Install.

Auto Install

That should be it. You should now have working drivers. If it is not working in your current session go ahead and reboot to take full advantage.

Firewall

We are going to work with UFW to improve the safety of our machine. We have a blog to learn the basics about UFW here. Not only that, but we also have a more advanced blog about UFW here. Just in case your addition of Garuda did not come with UFW we will start by installing it.

sudo pacman -S ufw

Now we can go ahead and enable UFW as the default settings are pretty good for a workstation. For a server, you would very much so need to allow services.

sudo systemctl enable ufw && sudo systemctl start ufw

Here we are using systemctl a systemd command to enable UFW. We also must start UFW for our current session. Now we can see our status like this.

sudo systemctl status ufw
check UFW status in Garuda Linux

You should see a green light on your status, a triggered date. You are now blocking incoming traffic and allowing outgoing. It is important to make sure to have some sort of protection on your machine. UFW is a great tool that is available a many other distributions.

TRIM

TRIM is a service that can help you get rid of unused blocks on SSD (Solid-State Drives). The service should already be present, so we do not have to write one. All we have to do in enable the timer for this service to be able to run.

sudo systemctl enable fstrim.timer && sudo systemctl start fstrim.timer

Similar to the Firewall section we used systemctl to first enable the timer then start it. Now we will check out the status to confirm the timer is running and when it will run for the first time.

sudo systemctl status fstrim.timer
check Trim status with systemctl in garuda linux

You should see a green light on your status, a triggered date, as well as execution date. This way you will know when the service will be triggered. You can now also rest assured that your SSD will be in better shape. perhaps last longer.

AUR

To speed up the AUR all we need to do is edit a configuration file. Normally, we would use our old friend Vim to edit configuration files. This time we are going to use Micro. This is the editor that they bundled in so let’s see how it works.

sudo micro /etc/pacman.d/chaotic-mirrorlist
edit config

You can see that Micro has the look of Vim that has been supped up and personalized. What we need to do to make our mirror the faster one is comment out every mirror that is not close to you. Also do not comment out the CDN mirror. In our case, we will be using the US mirror as it is closest.

mirror config file after editing

To save, we must type Ctrl-s, then to quit Micro we then need to type Ctrl-q. Now we can update, and our mirror download speed should be faster.

GRUB

Grub speed, it’s really up to you. If you are not booting any other installations on your machine then you don’t really need to see it at all. We are going to set it at zero. This way we should not see the Grub screen at all. We will be speeding up our boot by about five seconds. Take them  where you can get them. To achieve this, we will need to select the Garuda welcome screen.

garuda linux welcome screen

We will then see Garuda boot options and and select it.

Garuda Boot Options

Now we can go ahead and look for Menu timeout at the top of the panel.

changing grub timeout in Garuda Boot Options

Then we will make it zero. This will disable seeing the menu all together. Speeding up our boot by at least five seconds.  Now all you need to do is click apply and Garuda updates grub for you. Making this a very streamline process. No worries about a non-boot-able grub over a typo. You can also lengthen this. This is up to you. Whatever is more convenient for you. If you can think of anything you would like to tweak on any version of Garuda, please let us know in the comments. We did not include editing stuff like pacman since they already optimize it a bit for Garuda releases apposed to a stock Arch release. We ran all of our commands on the Gnome version of Garuda just in case you notice anything different from your copy. Thanks for reading.

Boyd Gordon

Looking forward to researching that next project. Writing the next blog and living life to the fullest with my family.

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