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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 2023-05-14 10:09 2.60 KB
 SbK_Talking-Mate_22.1.1-A.jpg 2023-05-14 10:09 148.75 KB
 SbK_Talking-Mate_22.1.1-B.jpg 2023-05-14 10:09 167.22 KB
 sbk-manjaro-talking-mate-22.1.1-stable-full-x86_64.iso 2023-05-14 10:39 2.45 GB
Release Notes for the SbK Talking-Mate 22.1.1

This spin is based on Manjaro. 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 its more up to date than a lot of other distributions.

The desktop is slow to start from a usb drive. Just give it time, it will start. It is faster when installed.

Talking Mate is one of the few SbK releases to use a panel. It is designed for users with vision issues. I came to the conclusion that making them learn a new dock wasnt a good idea. It also has only one iso, the full version, again to make it easier for its intended users.
Talking Mate reuses some of the best SbK themes of the past to show that they can be applied to other desktops. This theme orignally appeared in SbK Mate-Compiz 19.0.

This release includes:
1. The 6.1.26 LTS linux kernel.
2. The MintSpin-X-Dark-Sand icon theme, with light and dark variants. It is part of the mintspin-X-dark package
3. The kvspindarksand package with kvantum theme and matching gtk theme in one package.
4. The grub (grub-theme-sbk-mate-190) and login ( lightdm-spins-mate-greeter-190) screen use the same wallpaper (emerson-peters-8T_EacPRf0g-unsplash.jpg, Usplash package) and themes as the desktop.
5. A lot of package updates since the SbK Talking Mate 22.0.1 release. The release is up to date as of 5/13/2023.

It also contain the standard SbK features.

1. The latest LTS kernel.
2. A Manjaro stable install that is also AUR compatible with a lot of packages used to build packages installed..
3. It is multiarch by default to make running wine games and other 32bit software you may run easier.
4. The  Spins by Kilz signed repository is enabled for SbK project packages.
5. A signed iso. For information on checking signed iso's visit
6. Bloatware has been removed (HP printer software and others).
7. Flat packs and snaps are not installed. The back ends are also not installed but can be installed by the user.
8. All SbK iso's contain Manjaro Architect script in case you want to do a custom install. Sadly to get any SbK packages like themes, icons, and other goodies you will have to add the SbK Repository after install.

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.