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A dynamic tiling window manager designed for X11, inspired by wmii, and written in C.

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  • Automatic Visual Feedback for System Volume Change in I3wm via Dunst
    I switched to the i3 tiling based window manager. Because it's a whole different environment and thinking, it was very different from what I was used to. The volume buttons were working on my keyboard, but I didn't get any visual feedback. Furthermore, the volume percentage could go down below zero and increase up to more than hundread percent. There were times when I was confused why the keys stopped working, but... - Source: / 21 days ago
  • "We understand" ;)
    This is partially why I use tools like i3 (/ sway). I like the tool; it works extremely well for me; the design has stayed the same for 20 years; there's no profit motive to come along and fuck everything up. It just works. It is boring in the best way possible. Source: 8 months ago
  • what machines have you used for development, and what do you prefer?
    I use MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid-2014) with Manjaro as OS using i3 as a window manager. It isn't perfect, but I'm thrilled with it. I have been a Mac OS user for the last 15 years and wouldn't change what I have now for a Mac OS because I don't need more than what I'm using for development. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Machine for pentesting and general use?
    For daily usage I really like kubuntu with i3wm, but it takes some configuration and getting used to the shortcuts, but it's well worth it. Source: about 1 year ago
  • What's the difference between Gnome and KDE? Do applications written for one work in the other?
    Some window managers are meant to be used as-is, and provide a minimalist yet functional environment that use very little resources or give power users an almost HUD-like interface. Examples of those window managers are OpenBox and i3wm for X, and Weston and Hyprland for Wayland. Source: about 1 year ago
  • tiling window manager
    I did use i3 exclusively for a few years. The reasons I chose it were. Source: about 1 year ago
  • best lightweight linux distro for old laptop and gaming
    Well, it depends. It was better experience than FreeBSD 7.2 that's for sure. :) It was running Xorg with, a web-server, XMPP-server, PostgreSQL, few bots and dovecot / postfix (e-mail server). It was doing fine routing internet for 2PCs and a WiFi router for 10 years until its HDD died. For gaming... erm... I was able to play something like Theme Hospital or Syndicate Wars in dosbox. You have to... Source: about 1 year ago
  • Why Use Linux?
    Here's another big one. I have an inflammatory condition that occasionally makes using a mouse painful and a trackpad very inaccurate. On a Mac, I'm just screwed. On Windows, I'm more screwed than I used to be (through XP, Windows was completely navigable via the keyboard, as was Office). On BSD or Linux, I can replace the GUI with programs like Sway or i3, which not only makes the UI more keyboard-friendly,... Source: over 1 year ago
  • Should I Switch Linux Distributions? A Guide...
    This one's a bit trickier. Usually, what newer Linux users are told is that what they're probably after is a new Desktop Environment or Window Manager. If you're frustrated with the way Gnome Desktop ( works, then looking at KDE Plasma ( may be a good idea and vice-versa. Some users find that they prefer working almost solely with the keyboard rather than a... Source: over 1 year ago
  • WiFi Problem
    This sounds like a keychain issue. No recent i3 experience so check the wiki and Source: over 1 year ago
  • Is there a remote desktop I can subscribe?
    The ideal place to use Shadow (for me) is on a 2013 macbook pro that Apple has shuffled off of it's update line. The library of apps that work on it is dwindling, but it's still a capable machine. I put Manjaro Linux with i3wm on it and it's been covering all of my gaming and Windows related tasks quite well this way. Source: over 1 year ago
  • How do you manage your git commits?
    So when I said "window manager based Linux" I was mostly referring to the stereotypes of the Linux window manager; which 1 person not even having a mouse; staring apps; moving windows doing everything with their keyboard. If you wanna look a bit more into window managers for windows the only "okay" one that I've personally used is bug.n and for Linux there's tons; but my personal fav is I3. Source: over 1 year ago
  • i3mojo -- a Perl/Mojo-based i3 status bar command I wrote
    This is basically a status bar content implementation that speaks the i3bar protocol, for the i3 window manager, and is designed to be used as a replacement for i3's own i3status. I've written plugins for things like: date/time, disk free space, pulseaudio volume, CPU usage, free RAM, weather, Bitcoin ticker, etc. I use Linux and OpenBSD regularly, so the plugins cover compatibility with at least those two. ... Source: over 1 year ago
  • Elementary OS 7
    I have noticed in one of your comments in this thread that you are looking for novel ideas of the UI look. As others commenters stated, you might be interested in tiling window managers like i3 [0] or sway [1]. They are truly a gem for productivity and sometimes for an eye [2]. However, I love the concept of scrollable window manager like PaperWM [3] is. When I had a smaller screen (24" 16:9) I was complaining a... - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • Gtk3 theme for dialogs?
    I started off using i3wm a while back which made the migration to swaywm pretty seamless. Most of the migration/config was finding wayland-native alternatives for various utilities (screenshot, notification daemon, some applications) but there are lots of helpful blog posts (below). Source: over 1 year ago
  • Anyone here use tiling window managers?
    Since Sway is a port of to Wayland, for enlightening I suggest you look for info on the latter. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Window manager suggestion for arch newbie
    i3 is probably the most well-documented and well-supported, and has a pretty simple configuration syntax. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Installed Arch Linux but ran into issue
    It is a suggestion to install i3wm instead of gnome/KDE/xfce etc.. Check out some videos first, you might not like it.. Forces you to take a step back and rethink how you interact with your desktop. Source: over 1 year ago
  • No Start Menu for You
    > Dock to a different dock (hot-desking; same brand and size of monitor) and the entire display options need to be re-written - no option to preserve it Does anything do this properly? I use i3[0], and wrote some super janky automation to preserve my layouts when I switched from dock to no dock and back. It has the concept of layouts that can be stored/loaded. So I had a script that would dump the layout, I had to... - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • How to split panes like the thumbnail of the i3wm front page?
    On video thumbnail of the font page:, there is a vertical split, then in the right side of the vert split, another vertical split, which concludes with a horizontal split. In which all the splits are focused on one side of the first vertical split. How is that achieved? Source: over 1 year ago
  • i3 + SDDM login problem
    It's been years since I messed with i3wm, but then I found to be very helpful. Good luck. Source: over 1 year ago

External sources with reviews and comparisons of i3

Top 13 Best Tiling Window Managers For Linux In 2022
Sway is a tiling Wayland i3-compatible window manager that dynamically arranges app windows to rationally maximise desktop space. It is free, open-source, and lightweight. By default, it arranges windows in a grid and supports practically all of the i3 commands.
Top 10 Best Desktop Environments in 2020
i3-wm is one of my most loved standalone window managers, qualifying it to easily fit under the desktop environment list! The configuration is just very easy, and you can change everything that you see on screen. This includes what information you see on the bottom panel, how windows behave, and keyboard shortcuts to move, align, and set up windows on the screen.
13 Best Tiling Window Managers for Linux
Sway is a free, open-source, and lightweight tiling Wayland i3-compatible window manager that automatically arranges app windows to logically maximize desktop space. It arranges windows into a grid by default and supports almost all the commands included in i3.
5 Great Tiling Window Managers for Linux
I begun testing i3 just this week. I was always fascinated by the Tiling WM’s as they seem really light on system resources and functional. To my surprise , although i3 is really easy to customize, and works really well (at least for my needs) , I found that it isn’t really that lightweight. I had Mate desktop environment use the same amount of RAM. Maybe I was mislead to believe that fewer graphical elements on...

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