2018 / 02 / 27
This is i3

i3 presents a brilliant paradigm for interacting with your desktop.
Bye, bye to minimizing/maximizing windows ever again.


If you consider yourself a power user, then you’ll be happy to know that something like i3 exists.
I know I was, very.

Here are the three videos which initiated me into this wonderful world of productivity.
Of course, it has a —gentle— learning curve but what you’ll gain is truly worth it.

So, why don’t do yourself a favor and at least watch the first video. To be honest you just need to watch the first two minutes to see if it’s something you’ll dig or not.


From the official site:

i3 is a tiling window manager, completely written from scratch. The target platforms are GNU/Linux and BSD operating systems, our code is Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) under the BSD license. i3 is primarily targeted at advanced users and developers.

Videos authored by: bookercodes.

i3wm: Jump Start (1/3)

Welcome to this three-part series on the i3 Window Manager. i3 is a sophisticated tiling window manager for Linux. In this tutorial, you’ll learn what i3 is; how to install it; and of course, how to use it. In the second video, you’ll learn how to configure it, too!

i3wm: Configuration (2/3)

Welcome to part two of my three-part series on the i3 Window Manager. In what turned out to be my longest screen-cast yet, I’ll show you how to configure various aspects of i3.

i3wm: How To “Rice” Your Desktop (3/3)

Welcome to the finale of my series on the i3 Window Manager. In this final screencast, I’ll teach you how to rice your desktop. “What does ‘rice’ mean?”, you might be asking.
‘Rice’ is a word that is commonly used to refer to making visual improvements and customizations on one’s desktop to better suit one’s tastes (source: /r/unixporn).

Try it out

Manjaro Linux i3

You can test drive a Linux distribution that comes with i3 preinstalled.
For example the Manjaro i3 Window Manager community edition.


If using Ubuntu, you can install on your existing OS, with:

sudo apt install i3

Then restart your machine, and select i3 as the desktop environment before logging in.

Manjaro XFCE

You can also install in your existing Manjaro with:

sudo pacman -S i3 i3-scrot i3exit dmenu-manjaro

Likewise, restart your machine and select i3 as the desktop environment to boot with.

Enjoy! :tada: