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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
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 README 2020-06-05 12:33 2.68 KB
 Screenshot at 2020-06-04 13-01-10.png 2020-06-05 12:33 1.29 MB
 Screenshot at 2020-06-04 13-01-45.png 2020-06-05 12:33 1.04 MB
 md5sum 2020-06-14 19:52 181 B 
 sbk-manjaro-mate-compiz-20.0.3-stable-full-x86_64.iso 2020-06-14 22:47 1.98 GB
Release Notes for the Mate-Compiz 20.0.2 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 the Manjaro Mate stable branch. Manjaro is a rolling release distrobution and based on Arch. The stable branch may not be as bleeding edge as Arch Linux. But it more up to date than a lot of other distrobutions.

Both versions of this release include
1. The 5.4.43 linux kernel which is a LTS kernel. 
2. A new GTK Red theme and matching Kvantum theme for any Qt programs you may want to run.
3. A new red colored icon theme.
4. Themeing for Grub, login screen and desktop all have the same background and colors.
5. 7 new backgrounds, one of which is the Desktop, grub, and login screen background.
6. A basic Conky setup to display system information on the desktop.
7. There have been a ton of package updates since the 19.0 release. The release is up to date as of 6/4/2020.

They also contain the standard SbK features.

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

Full iso

The package selection is pretty much set with libreoffice, Krita and lots of other useful apps.

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 sotware lisenses. Absolutely no warranty is implied or offered. This includes but is not limited to fitness of use or data.