You need to know about i3

Published on 2018 / 02 / 27

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Power users rejoice

If you are a power user, you’ll be happy to know that something like i3 (an improved tiling window manager) exists —I know I was, very.

These are the three videos with which I initiated myself into this new world of productivity.
Of course, it won’t be too easy at the start (or, it might be, depending on your mental model and how you go about things).

But worry not, if i3 is meant for you, it’ll stay with you —or you’ll stay with it— for a long time to come.

Just have a look at least at the first video, you just need to watch the first two minutes of it to see if it’s something you’ll love for life or not. Dare to have a look? I double dog dare you!

What is i3?

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.

The following videos are not mine, they were authored by: bookercodes.

i3wm: Jump Start (13)

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 (23)

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 (33)

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).


Here is a link to other videos and screenshots.

How do I get it?


You’ll just need to:

sudo apt install i3

Then restart your machine, and select i3 before logging in with your user.

Manjaro Linux i3 Community Edition

Or you could try a Linux distribution that comes with i3 preinstalled.
Have a look in here: Manjaro Community Editions.


— lt

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