Can write internal state to a FIFO. Though there is still some work to be done in this area. – Ned64 Oct 15 '16 at 12:21 Following are the top five reasons I use the i3 window manager and recommend it for a better Linux desktop experience. In the end I went back to Awesome. Including: Awesome, bspwm, Budgie, Cinnamon, Deepin, i3, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, and Openbox. It’s very fast… (I don't know lua, and I have no major problem with learning something new, but in the half a month that I used awesome, I never really got it setup the way I wanted it. Perhaps I could have a 2nd i3-status bar + using the i3-client to pull window titles. Material Shell is a fantastic new GNOME Shell extension/user experience currently in development. i3 is primarily targeted at advanced users and developers. Linux provides a lot of customization. XMonad. Ricardo Gerardi is a Senior Consultant at Red Hat Canada where he specializes in IT automation with Ansible and Openshift. Budgie; The main Budgie article. In i3, a workspace is an easy way to group windows. i3 is a tiling window manager designed for X11, inspired by wmii and written in C. It supports tiling, stacking, and tabbing layouts, which it handles dynamically. Having explicit tiling sounds good, but I rarely have any more need then one fully vertical window with a 2nd column of secondary windows. If you are feeling adventurous and want to install additional DEs or WMs you can reference these guides: Install Desktop Environments and Window Managers; Choose from a wide selection available in our repositories! As a developer, I value these features, as I can use the extra capacity to power my favorite development tools or test stuff locally using containers or virtual machines. To conclude, as in every one of these threads, individual preference trumps what anyone else says. Haven't found a way to do that in i3. Screen shots: i3 in MobaXTerm i3 behind Windows. I'd like to stress out that such major documentation is not translated at all. Docs; Screens; FAQ; Contact; Bugs; i3-2.png VIM, MPlayer. With the Linux kernel I can use Firefox, my VPN, Kile, Tor, and Krita on a T5500 CPU. I'd also consider it less 'newbie-friendly,' but who cares? Screencast of v4.1. The opinions expressed on this website are those of each author, not of the author's employer or of Red Hat. Since you don't need to worry about window positioning, i3 generally makes better use of your screen real estate. You will not find many distros using the i3 tiling window manager. I've since converted to i3 on my netbook as well. Send us home-grown sysadmin scripts. (That is, the ability to have windows from several different tabs/workspaces showing at the same time). Many window managers also have a --replace option, like so: awesome --replace&, called from a shell or startup option. Which means that any customization made does not require the service to be restarted. I3 s a dynamic tiling window manager insp i red by wmii and is entirely different from Desktop Managers you may be used in the past like GNOME or KDE. don't quote me on this but I believe i3 can be configured to approximate Awesome's behaviour on this (or at least how I remember its behaviour, it's been a while since I used it). I’ve found that on a laptop that I connect and disconnect to external monitors freely, i3 is more dynamic and allows me to preserve my tiling layouts as I move around. I still like to have the windows titles still visible. How would you compare i3 to awesome, awesome to i3, etc.? Flexible. It's a very good choice, but ... it does have some problems with programs like Android Studio and Android Emulator (that aren't optimized for tilling WMs). The target platforms are GNU/Linux and BSD operating systems, our code is Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) under the BSD license. That part wasn't making a whole lot of sense to me. Indeed, the only way to change dwm default configuration is to i3 stands on top of X Window Manager or X11, which has been a standard for these last +30 years for providing the building blocks for windows managers or desktop environments (Gnome, KDE, XFCE,…). It's easy to get started with, I can definitely recommend it as a first tiling WM. Since the i3 window manager is largely a keyboard-driven interface, very little in the way of a graphical user display exists in Regolith Linux. With … I3 is flexible and can be customized in several ways to improve the visual experience. These won't float everyone's boat but for me they were both super important.