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Spins by Kilz

The goal is not to reinvent the wheel but to polish the desktop.
Based on the Manjaro Linux stable branch.
Docks instead of panels.
Custom dark themes.
Desktop effects.
Each release features a full and a very minimal iso.
Name Time Size
(Parent folder)
 Gnome 19.0 1.png 2020-04-16 22:32 1.58 MB
 Gnome 19.0 2.png 2020-04-16 22:33 1.11 MB
 README 2020-04-16 22:33 3.08 KB
 md5sum 2020-04-16 22:33 164 B 
 sbk-manjaro-gnome-19.0-stable-full-x86_64.iso 2020-04-17 01:23 1.93 GB
 sbk-manjaro-gnome-19.0-stable-minimal-x86_64.iso 2020-04-17 04:02 1.74 GB
Release Notes for the SbK Gnome 19.0 release.

I am not trying to reinvent the wheel. My main goal is to polish the desktop environment and application selection.

This spin is based on Manjaro Gnome. It is a rolling release distribution and based on the stable branch. The stable branch may not be as bleeding edge as Arch Linux. But it more up to date than a lot of other distributions. 

This release includes
1. The 5.4.31 Linux kernel which is a LTS kernel. 
2. The following Gnome shell extensions are installed:
 Dash to Dock
 Arch update (Pamac update notifier)
 Clipboard Indicator
 Dynamic Top bar
 Hide Top bar 
 Remove dropdown arrows
 Desktop Icons (Not enabled, its buggy. Enabling the trash icon stops the icons showing. Launchers only use the generic icon. I included it because its small and the functionality may be needed by someone willing to deal with the bugs.)
 Gno Menu (Not enabled as its not used, but included with the install)
3. A new Peach icon theme.
4. Both the full and minimal versions have a new dark gtk and shell theme with peach highlights. There is a matching kvantum theme if you want to run any qt apps.
5. I added 12 new desktop wallpapers to /usr/share/backgrounds/usplash/Peach. One of them is the background for the grub, desktop, and login screen backgrounds.
6. Lighter-gnome at the suggestion of Chrysostomus, to speed up Gnome.
7. LightDM instead of GDM.

It also contains the standard SbK features.

1. It is multiarch by default to make running wine games and other 32bit software you may run easier.
2. The Spins by Kilz signed repository is enabled for SbK project packages.
3. Timeshift autosnap installed. It takes a snapshot before upgrading so any bad upgrades can be easily reversed.
4. Bloatware has been removed (HP printer software and others).
5. Flat packs and snaps are not installed. The back ends are also not installed but can be installed by the user.

Full iso

This iso is recommended for new Linux users. It has a lot of nice applications to make the desktop more functional. Everything can be changed with the package manager if you prefer something else.

Minimal iso

********* The minimal iso is not recommended for people who are new to linux. *********

The minimal iso is a bare bones install with few applications, themes or icons. Knowledge of what you want to install is required. That's not to say that a new linux user cant find the information. But a lot of research will need to be done to make the desktop easy to use. 
It is meant to be a canvas that allows the user to install the applications they want and nothing more. As such you will likely have to install a lot of applications. The minimal iso only contains the base fonts, icons, and themes. You will have to install others if you want to change the look of the os.

Thank you for trying this spin out,


Disclaimer: This is a FOSS project. It relies and builds on the work of a great many others. It is covered under the GPL3 though some parts of it may be under other free software licenses. Absolutely no warranty is implied or offered. This includes but is not limited to fitness of use or data.