What’s new in Mabox 21.11 Herbolth (beta release)

Mabox Linux 21.11 codename Herbolth is just around the corner (currently beta).
Let’s see what’s new in Herbolth…

Currently beta release for testing only!
If you like to test it, download ISO image from:
If you have some free time, please try it (probably in VirtualBox) and report any bugs, suggestions on forum.
This is beta release, do not use it as main system. Not intended for long term usage.
More work is needed to polish all the new features.
Final release expected in week or two.

This post is a draft and will be updated.

More powerfull panels

Multiple actions are binded to panel buttons. Hover over button to see tooltip. Most of buttons now have right click action binded to handy options.
For example:
File Manager icon right click let you quickly browse important directories (configurable) and install/run some file related utilities.
Web Browser icon right click let you quickly install/run alternative web browsers and configure default.

Even better control with keyboard

1. Quick tiling – use ctrl+alt+keypad 1...9. Image below shows it all 🙂

2. Windows are dynamically binded to keyboard shortcuts, so it is possible to reach any window with one or a few keystrokes.
Keybinds are presented on the window titlebar. Use super + letter to switch


New themes: Gruvbox, Nordic, Dracula

Try new themes… Menu -> Mabox Config -> Theme Manager…
I am trying to make these themes eyes friendly.

Top panel provided by those meta-themes does not have a launcher by default, which is separated and available on right screen edge (autohide).

Generate colored themes from wallpaper

Set theme to Colorize-Mabox in Menu -> Mabox Config -> Theme Manager…

Then run wpgtk from Menu -> Accesories


A menu to quickly pick, paste and organize colors (palettes)
Keybind: super+c

Other changes

Some other small changes:

  • Left click on desktop runs ToggleShowDesktop action
  • super + . shows Places menu

2 thoughts on “What’s new in Mabox 21.11 Herbolth (beta release)”

  1. I find that Mabox has some extreme potential to become a very intuitive, fast and somewhat special OS, that gets a good ranging @ Distrowatch. until then, in my opinion, the menu is bloated, and setup options are a bit of a mess, besides various miner incompatibles


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