Currently testing Garuda Linux’s Wayfire Edition on metal. Installer is the Calamares installer, with btrfs as the default disk format, and Zen as the default kernel. Installation is like any other Calamares installation, so nothing extraordinary there. Post installation has an assistant, kinda like Busenlabs, although not text based that refreshes the mirrors and updates the install, and has several pages that pop up for adding more packages and things like AppImage and Flatpak package managers (as well as the KDE’s Discover) of various implementations.
Very first impressions: even with the Calamares installer, the wobbly as well as flaming windows harkens back to the old Compiz roided distros like Ubuntu Ultimate Edition. Right off the bat Garuda reminded me of it, even in aesthetic without all the window pyrotechnics. The Wayfire Edition’s desktop has two panels/bars - one that is like the i3 bar with a few clickable applets on the top, the other like a tint2 bar with launchers and system tray on the bottom. The default theme is like Dracula dark with those sort of candy like icons that Garuda has for default.
Will post scrots later, as well as run a few apps like Bitwig - which was installed via the assistant - as Garuda seems to be aimed a bit for multi-media and gaming, with an emphasis on performance. I also loaded a custom kernel that came as an option for a second one, one that is optimized for cpu cores of four or less.
Edit: just because I love this meme