Like all previous releases, this February update also comes with a new edition called KDE Dragonized BlackArch Edition. It features the BlackArch repository, tweaks, and most common tools.
So, in total, Garuda now has 16 editions with different desktop environments: KDE Multimedia, GNOME, Xfce, LXQT-Kwin, Wayfire, i3WM, Qtile, MATE, Cinnamon, Recbox, UKUI, BSPWM, dr460nized, dr460nized gaming, dr460nized blackarch, Barebone KDE, and GNOME.
Another important change that Garuda Linux “Hawk Eagle” has brought for all editions (except Xfce and i3WM) is the inclusion of the LibreWolf (with extensions) as the default web browser.
As you may know, LibreWolf is a community-maintained fork of the Firefox browser, which focuses on privacy and security.
Furthermore, Garuda has added minimal and blazing fast Starship as the default prompt for both Fish and Zsh shell.
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Among the edition-specific updates, GNOME has returned to PulseAudio replacing Pipewire, and now uses Fish as the default shell.
Qtile now has a new command-line app and simplified script that lets you manage wallpapers and pywal theming.
Other important key changes in Garuda Linux “Hawk Eagle” are as follows:
auto-cpufreqdaemon is now “opt-in” instead of “opt-out”
- Improvements to Performance and Powersave Tweaks package
- Linux-zen as the default kernel
- Visual changes and bug fixes for dr460nized editions
setup-assistantnow features gaming and kernel choices
- Replaced gufw with the new Plasma firewall and Spectacle with Flameshot
- Major design overhaul for LXQT-Kwin
At last, if you’re already using Garuda Linux, run a single command to upgrade your system to the latest version:
sudo pacman -Syu
You can also download the ISO image of any of the editions from here and install it from scratch by following the official installation instructions.