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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.
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 README 2023-05-12 11:39 3.53 KB
 SbK_Xfce-Compiz_22.1.1-A.jpg 2023-05-12 11:39 198.26 KB
 SbK_Xfce-Compiz_22.1.1-B.jpg 2023-05-12 11:39 155.99 KB
 sbk-manjaro-xfce-compiz-22.1.1-stable-full-x86_64.iso 2023-05-12 12:12 2.69 GB
 sbk-manjaro-xfce-compiz-22.1.1-stable-minimal-x86_64.iso 2023-05-12 12:39 2.22 GB
Release Notes for the SbK Xfce-Compiz 22.1.1 release.

I am not trying to reinvent the wheel. My main goal is to polish the desktop environment and application selection. This release is one of my best Xfce releases.

This is based on the Manjaro stable branch. Manjaro is a rolling release distribution 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 distributions.

Both iso's in this release include:
1. The 6.1.26 LTS kernel.
2. Compiz 9 with the rotating cube for virtual desktops, faded windows in the background, wobbly windows, and other effects.
3. The New KoraSpin-Teal3 icon theme with light and dark versions of the control icons. It is part of the KoraSpin-22.1.1 package.
4. The new SpinThemeDarkTeal9 matching Gtk and Kvantum themes in one package.
5. The new Usplash-22.1.1 desktop wallpapers. One of them is the background for the grub, desktop, and login screen backgrounds.
6. A basic Conky with matching color theme.
7. The menu icon in the dock is the Xfce mouse icon and it is color matched to the other themes.
8. The iso's are up to date as of 511/2023.
9. An optional Firefox theme, SbK Dark Teal9,  that matches the color scheme is available at just click on the image in Firefox to install it.

Both iso's also contain the standard SbK features.

1. The latest LTS kernel.
2. A Manjaro stable install that is also AUR compatible. In the full iso there are also 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.
9. Timeshift autosnap installed. It takes a snapshot before upgrading so any bad upgrades can be easily reversed.

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.