I think that a news feature will be helpful just to let anyone who is interested know whats going on. There may not be a lot of updates, but I will try and post important changes and events.

I am working on the Debian 10/23 series.  While I wasnt planing on adding another desktop after finishing the 9/23 series, I thought Talking Mate should also be a Debian spin. It has a special place in my heart as my wife needs visual accessibility in a desktop.
Adding Talking Mate to Debian was not easy and required a new setup. While it took some time it was well spent as it will help the Manjaro version. I have gotten at least some screen reader functionality with  the Calamares installer.
The change in setup also makes it eary to disable the screen reader if someone just wants the Mate desktop. This will also be useful if someone who doesnt need a screen reader wants to use the computer. All thats needed is setting up another login and disabling it for that account.

The Debian 923 series finished a few days ago, and I am now building the Manjaro 23.0.1 series.

I am uploading the first of the Debian 9/23 series, Cinnamon. The other two will follow over the next two days.

Its been a productive week. On the Debian side Cinnamon and Xfce-Compiz were added. This took a lot of scripting to the eznix build platform to have multiple profiles available,  and pull and replace files in the setup depending on the profile.
A few generators were created to build and make the common packages, and one to update the profiles for the various iso's for a series.
It took some time to setup, but in the long run it will free up time to improve the spins. An example, it took about 6 hours to make the 11 package folders, create the packages, and test them for the 923 series. The generator does it in about 3 minutes.
Everything looks on track for the Debian 923 series to be out the first week in September. I also have a head start on the wallpaper and themes for the next Manjaro and Debian series. After release its time to relax and od on Hearthstone for a few days.

I have been working on the 9/23 Debian series. Xfce-Compiz was so easy I figured I would get a start on Cinnamon because there is a dock and a panel iso. Even if it wasnt done for 9/23 I thought the work would make it easier to add it for 10/23. The good news is that Cinnamon is coming along nicely. There are still a few things left to do, but it will be ready for the 9/23 series.
LXQt, Xfce-Compiz, and Cinnamon will be the lineup for the near future.  For the 10/23 series I will be looking at the included software lists to see if I can improve it.

The Manjaro series is almost done. Only Cinnamon is left, and its built and being tested. It should be released on 8/18/23.
I have built the first Debian Xfce-Compiz iso. It still needs some work but it should be ready for the Debian 923 release.  A huge thank you to Donald Norwood. He answered an email to the Debian Forums and said it was ok to post about the Debian spins there.

I am uploading the 8/23 Debian release as I write this. I was able to do the scripting to make a minimal iso. That will put me ahead for next month when I plan on adding a desktop to the Debian side of the project. I am still thinking about it. The choices are Mate-Compiz or Xfce-Compiz. Cinnamon has an outside chance, but its going to be more work. Gnome will be last if its added at all.
I did create my first little application. Its an update script for the update notifier. It will open a terminal, ask for your password, then update and upgrade. It will stay open a few minutes in case there are any errors so they can be copied into a txt file for troubleshooting purposes. Not much, but the other option was bloated and added a lot of files. For a lightweight desktop like LXQT, its good.

Its been some time since the last update. The Manjaro series was finished about two weeks ago and I started on the Debian spin. Since I couldnt make a Pantheon spin, I had an extra theme already made. I used it for the upcoming August Debian spin that should be released in the next week.
The Debian side of the project took some big steps since the initial release. Its now multiarch, has a timeshift autosnap, the SbK Debian repository is up, and lots of graphics have been made for its parts.  The build script is also pretty well set for a full LXQt iso.
The September release will see a minimal iso release and possibly another desktop. Thats going to take a lot of scripting to accomplish so it wont make the August release.

The repository and web host are back up. I am working on the series. OSDN is still down, but Sourceforge is a good for a download host. I am keeping all the backup sites updated in case one of the main hosts goes down in the future. Please, if you can, help support this project with the "Buy me a coffee" button.

Its been a frustrating week for the most part, but at least one bright spot. The frustrating part is that the website, repository, and release hosts all went down. There is no timetable for them to return. I got a free web host for the website and resurrected the old Sourceforge site that had not been used in a year. So the project is back online, but the repository on Sourceforge is slow and sometimes errors out. I will move back to the hosts I was using when they are up. The Sourceforge site will be kept up to date as a backup from now on.
The bright spot worth mentioning here is that the first Debian spin was built and released. I spent a long time in the Debian community at large. It feels good to give something back. You can check it out here if you want.

I have added a "Buy me a coffee" button to the website. If you would like to help support my work you can click on the button. At present the plans for any funds raised will be used for paying for the domain the project uses. Additional money raised will likely be saved to upgrade the ancient computers the project uses before they die.
Thanks in advance for any donations.

I have uploaded the new website theme. I hope everyone likes it.

6/22/23 With all the work that went into the last series on the theme generators I find I have a little extra time on my hands. While I am typing this I am looking at the dated website I created in the early days. It works and info is easy to find, but its far from my best work.
That being said I have been working on a website refresh. Not sure when it will be done, but the early test page has progressed to a point it is the clear path forward. A little more work and maybe it will be ready for the launch of the next series.

5/7/23 An update was released, so the next series (22.1.1) is being built. There is a new LTS kernel 6.1. I expect the LXQt spin will be released Monday.

4/30/23 All the themes and wallpapers are ready. A release should happen with the next big Manjaro stable update. Until then I will take some time and polish a few things.

4/21/23 If there was one piece of advice I would give to someone working with css or some other code they do not know like the back of their hand, its backup often. After two days of hard work I had the full theme generator 98% complete. I forgot to back it up. I made some changes to get that last two percent done. That didnt happen,  I fubar'd the gtk 3.0 and 4.0 templates up. I thought I had a current backup, but it was more than a day old. So back to work I went, backing up after each little area I worked on. Two days later its all done.
The project now has a complete theme generator instead of five separate ones. This is going to make the theme very consistent, and save a lot of time. The next release series will use themes from the generator, and I am sure there will be bugs that need to be fixed. But I am also sure I will backup as much as possible, at least until a month goes by and I start some other project. :)

4/17/23 The new Gnome shell theme is pretty much done. There are a few tiny things I would like to change, but its nice as it is. The advantage is that all themes from this point on will include a gnome shell theme. I am thinking of making this an all in one generator. It will take a little work, but it should be doable.

4/16/23 I have spent a few days working on a new gtk theme generator script.  Its based on Otis, but has had extensive changes including a complete recreation of the gtk asset icons. The css is also modified. Its looking real good. One advantage is that Otis also has a Gnome Shell theme, something I wanted to address at some point. Well no time like the present. I already have the shell icons I need modified for the script. Next is the css.

4/11/23 The 22.1.0 series is complete. It turned out to be very nice, and as a total might be the best series of the past few. But I think it can be better. One area I am not happy with is the gtk theme. Specifically the dotted outlines in some situations. I will be looking into alternatives for the next series.

3/31/23 The big update I was waiting for happened today. I have started work on the 22.1.0 series. The packages for it are uploaded. I had to do a little work on the build scripts, but everything looks to be ok now. I expect to have LXQt up tomorrow, and the rest will follow.

3/11/23 The last big update was to close to the last release series, so I put it off for one more. Everything is ready, so the next series will come right after the next big update.

1/26/23 I have uploaded the first of the 22.0.1 series. The rest is going slow. I may get out Mate-Compiz today, but it will take some luck. If not the rest of the series should be out daily after today.

9/29/22 I have a lot of spare time so I went looking for things to fix. In September of 2021 the project moved to a new repository. For a long time the old repository was left as it was and it was more or less forgotten. In June of this year I was forced to pretty much empty it because of limited hosting space. That brings us to today, I have created a symlink linking the old repository to the new repository. I am not sure how many people are still running the old spins, but they will need to add the new repository key to access the files, instructions are found here.

9/27/22 The 22.0.0 series has been done for a few days. My foot is getting better and while it is healing it gave me time to finish the preparations for the next series. It also gave me time to sit and think about what needs to be done. One area of need was a way to backup the build server, the repository and the theme creation setup. A day of scripting fixed that and I can now backup everything with a command. While it doesnt improve the spins it does make sure that if something would happen to a hard drive it would be easier to restore it from archives stored in the cloud.  Otherwise years of work could be lost, and its a real possibility with my ancient hardware.

9/19/22 Just when things are going good, life takes a turn. I was mowing my backyard, in a house I have owned for over 20 years. I must have walked on every part of that yard, or so I thought. I stepped on a big rusty crusty nail that went into my foot. I cleaned it out, put antibiotic ointment on it. The next morning my foot swelled up, I went to the emergency room.
I spent over a week in the hospital, had surgery, and now have a nifty hole in my foot than needs to heal. I have been out now a few days and I am working on the 22.0.0 release that Manjaro released during my hospital stay. Its going slow, but I am half way done. I hope you like that new Pantheon spin.

8/28/22 A few days after stopping work on the Enlightenment spin I tried Pantheon. It has gone a lot better. Most of the work was theme and package selection related. The only real bug is I ran into was getting the live environment to auto sign in. Along with its release, likely in the next release cycle, will be a Pantheon specific theme that may work with other desktops, but I havent tested it yet. Still some scripting work to do to fit the desktop into my build/packaging setup, it should be easy but time consuming.

8/22/22 After pounding my head against a wall for a day trying to change the default file manager in Enlightenment, I am shelving this build for a bit.  The file manager that is part of Enlightenment is just bad. I was considering Caja or Nemo, but after trying a lot of ways to do it, it still wont start them by default.

8/21/22 The 21.3.7 series is done and I'm a little bored. I have some of the theming done, and the rest wont take to long, and a month until I will likely release the next series. I have been looking at Enlightenment as a possible desktop to spin. I have created a buildiso profile and an iso. The iso boots to the desktop, and installs. But there is a lot of work to do. I'm not sure when it will be ready, or if it will ever be released. But its a start.

7/18/22 The 21.3.4 update dropped this morning. Its only been 21 days since Manjaro was updated to the 21.3.1 series, but I am going to create the SbK 21.3.4 series. Updates to stable have been over a month at times in the past. If the next update takes that long there would to much time between releases. I have all the packages created and uploaded and I will start making the iso's soon.

7/9/2022 I went ahead with spinning the Kora icon set. I created a color change script and created the base package (KoraSpinBase). The base package is in the SbK repository, but it only has grey folders. Kora will not be in the next release because the icons for it are already done, but they will be in the one after that.

7/7/2022 I am getting a little bit bored at the moment. So I am looking for ways to improve the spins. FlatRemix icons are nice, but the appeal they once had is swiftly fading. I have been looking at the Kora icon set. There is a good chance I may Spin it. It likely wont appear for two releases if I do.

6/22/2022  I think I misunderstood what was said on a update post on the Manjaro forum. I thought that the 22.0 series was next, and Manjaro did not update the lsb-release package that shows the release version. So I named the last SbK series 22.1.b. Then Manjaro released 21.3 after the SbK 22.1.b series was released. In the future I will not advance the series number if that happens again, instead I will create a point release.
 At present all the theming is done for the next series. Its likely to be 21.4 or 21.5 with the release coming after the next stable update. I will delete the 22.1.b iso's from OSDN site once the next release is posted since the numbering will be off.
  Earlier this week I did some repository maintenance. I removed some ancient packages from a very old repository on OSDN. I created some empty package databases and uploaded them to OSDN so any users that still have not moved to the new repository will not get any errors.