on manually partition yes but you can not create any subvolumes e.t.c. from the installer, it will be an option for automatic partition what will create subvols and makes it possible to fully-encrypt and swap with hibernate …
I tried Garuda before ending up with EOS, and the feature(s) that attracted me was BTRFS as standard, a snapshot automagically created whenever the system is updated and the snapshots listed in the grub boot menu.
After switching to EOS, I looked all these functionalities up, and installed all in EOS. Now, when (or if, hasn’t happened yet) there is a boot problem after updating, I can just painlessly start into the snapshot before updating. It couldn’t be easier.
Just use ext4. It’s old and reliable, and requires zero technical knowledge. It is unlikely that you’ll benefit in any way from btrfs if you don’t have any desire to have the features which make btrfs “better” than ext4. It is not like btrfs is going to make your computer magically faster or anything like that. It has some cool features that ext4 lacks, but if you don’t appreciate those features, you’re just setting yourself up for having to get used to something new and unfamiliar.
Oh no, no no, I am not a tinkerer at all. I am very happy if my system is finally done and stable. But over the years you learn a few things, which translates to certain ways to set up your software. I reinstalled recently (switching to EOS), and I completely underestimated how tight my security settings for Firefox were. Basically 10 extensions with their own setup/configuration, blocking lists/whitelists, each with their own backup and restore methodology. That alone took a long time.
Then there’s other software I need to configure. Reinstalling the right software, modifying the autostart to fit my needs, altering the global keyboard shortcuts, configuring the window manager, Double Commander configuration, KeepassXC configuration, Livestreamer-Twitch-GUI connection to livestreamer and VLC, VLC Addons, Lutris installation and default configuration, Steam setup and restore 500GB of games, each with savegames.
In your case, you might just have a tiny setup with few applications. I need more, and I need it secure. That takes time. If BTRFS snapshots help me avoid this, I’m grateful.
Just don’t do it because someone tells you to. Make your own decisions based on your needs, the facts, the amount of work it takes and what you are interested in learning or not. I don’t believe in the theory that everyone needs to think they have to know everything before they can use something. In the grand scheme of things i know little and i use the Btrfs setup on one of my computers. I did have it on triple boot also with one encrypted and two were not. It’s pretty reliable but i know very little about the setup. I just used @2000 wiki instructions and asked questions and i understand some of it. But, not much. Doesn’t stop me from using it or trying it. Your choice!
Yes, Rick, and of course did I make up my own mind. In this thread I found out I don’t need Btrfs, that it would even be counterproductive and time-consuming, so I decided not to use it and go with Ext4 in my next install as well.
Tbh, this will help a lot. I’ve recently had a go at a BTRFS install. It works and it’s fine, but I didn’t get everything the way it should have been on first try. I imagine this will be the case for most people. There are a lot of BTRFS guides out there, all with subtle differences in their setup instructions. Also, there’s a lot more to BTRFS than there is to something like EXT4.