SbK Mate-Compiz 23.1.0

I am happy to announce the release of SbK Mate-Compiz 23.1.0.

The watermark is not present in the installed OS.

Both iso’s in this release include:

  1. The 6.6.1 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-Sand3 icon theme with light and dark versions of the control icons. It is part of the KoraSpin-23.1.0 package.
  4. The new SpinThemeDarkSand5 matching Gtk and Kvantum themes in one package.
  5. The new Usplash-23.1.0 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 iso’s are up to date as of 11/23/2023
  8. An optional Firefox theme, SbK Dark Sand5 that matches the color scheme is available at Firefox Themes 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 Check ISO
  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. 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.
  10. A basic Conky with a color scheme to match the other themes.

A full and very minimal iso can be found here.

As always comments, questions and suggestions are always welcome.



Hey Jim,
thank you for all your work and keeping it up to date!
A little feedback from here:

  • XServer
    starts on the 4060 with vesa/fb driver and 1024x768
    compiz works (somehow)
    installation was possible
  • nvidia driver
    on kernel 6.6 only in unstable branch atm, so “normal” installations fail
    downgraded to 6.5 was successful with nvidia dkms
  • compiz “Enhanced zoom” ezoom plugin:
    Maximum zoom factor is bugged with flatfile backend, it works with gsettings backend
    For some stupid reason, the keyboard focus always goes to the search filter - so i had to use dconf-editor to set a exact value

If you activate the plugin by default, these would be my preferred settings:
Zoom facror: 2
Minimum zoom factor: 0.01
Focus tracking: off


Thanks for the feedback.

It may be some time before nvidia support for the whole 40 series is available in stable. Proprietary drivers are always fun. :slight_smile: I will point anyone with issues here to see the work around.
I will likely try to add the compiz settings in the next release series.