SbK Gnome release

I am happy to announce the release of SbK Gnome

The “ ” watermark is not present in the installed desktop.

Both iso’s in this release include:

  1. The 5.15.76 LTS kernel.
  2. The following Gnome shell extensions are installed and used:
    Dash to Dock
    Hide Top bar (The top bar is hiddin by default. Moving the cursor to the top edge will show it.)
    Desktop Icons NG (It is enabled. But end users will have to manually set for launchers to be executable, or trusted. Until then they will have the generic launcher icon and will only open as a text file.)
  3. Minimize and Maximize window controls.
  4. The Sand shell theme based on Rounded Rectangle thats been heavily modified.
  5. The New KoraSpin-Sand icon theme with light and dark versions.
  6. The new SpinThemeDarkSand3 matching Gtk and Kvantum themes in one package.
  7. The new Usplash- desktop wallpapers. One of them is the background for the grub, desktop, and login screen backgrounds.
  8. LightDM instead of GDM with lightlocker screen locking.
  9. The iso’s are up to date as of 11/4/2022.
  10. Gnome icon in dock to bring up applications. Its color matches the shell theme.
  11. A LibAdwaita Sand3 theme. Please visit for more information and other color options.
  12. An optional Firefox theme, SbK Dark Sand3, 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 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 after install.
  9. Timeshift autosnap installed. It takes a snapshot before upgrading so any bad upgrades can be easily reversed.

A full and very minimal iso can be found here.

As always comments, suggestions, and questions are welcome.


Looks good, but unfortunately my laptop does not have a gold lacquered cover. Therefore, the overall look of the laptop would be rather inconsistent. Maybe I’m not the target audience for your artwork.

But in any case, a lot of work seems to have gone into it. Well done :+1:


Its a lot of work but I enjoy it. Its just my way of giving back to the Linux/Manjaro community.

One of the features of SbK spins is that the artwork changes every release for each of the desktops. The artwork isnt just tied to that release or desktop, each theme can be applied to any of the SbK releases or desktops. This gives more choice to the end user. A listing of all the themes can be found here and the packages used that make up that theme. It gets updated after a release series is done. They can also be applied to most regular Manjaro releases except KDE, but to do that the SbK repository would have to be added to the install.