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    i3 Window Manager


    Does anyone here use i3? I have just started with it, and considering it's my first tiling window manager, it's quite a bit different than what I'm used to, but I get the feeling that someone fluent in the key map could be very productive. Does anyone have good materials on learning about i3?

    If not, are there any better tiling window managers?

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    It isn't in very wide use yet. Go to their web site, i3 - improved tiling wm for more information.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubberman View Post
    It isn't in very wide use yet. ...
    Right on, will do and thanks. I found out about this from a linux podcast called Linux Luddites. They also discussed awesome, and xmonad. Have you tried any of these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tox View Post
    Right on, will do and thanks. I found out about this from a linux podcast called Linux Luddites. They also discussed awesome, and xmonad. Have you tried any of these?
    Not. I'm pretty traditional, running a Red Hat clone Scientific Linux with the Gnome UI. It provides the reliability I need, plus I personally know the maintainers of the distribution so support is just a phone call away!

    FWIW, I only need to reboot when I install a new kernel! Average? About every 3-6 months...
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    I installed along with gnome and use i3wm with it
    to using all of the gnome standard progs. It helps me on slower machine

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    That's nice to hear. A lot of people install Linux on older/slower machines simply because they can no longer upgrade Windows on them.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    i use i3 on my netbook, out of necessity (small screen, tiny touchpad => tiling is the way).
    it's good, well documented and easy to understand, it's been around for a while and it's probably as popular as it will ever get.

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    Code:
    $ linuxinfo
    Linux biker 4.2.1-antix.2-686-pae #7 SMP PREEMPT Fri Oct 2 00:01:14 EEST 2015
    Four Intel Unknown 1333MHz processors, 19157.80 total bogomips, 8027M RAM
    System library 2.19.0
    $ apt-cache policy jwm icewm fluxbox herbstluftwm 
    jwm:
      Installed: 2.1.0+svn579-2
      Candidate: 2.1.0+svn579-2
      Version table:
     *** 2.1.0+svn579-2 0
            500 http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian/ jessie/main i386 Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    icewm:
      Installed: 1.3.8-2
      Candidate: 1.3.8-2
      Version table:
     *** 1.3.8-2 0
            500 http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian/ jessie/main i386 Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    fluxbox:
      Installed: 1.3.5-2
      Candidate: 1.3.5-2
      Version table:
     *** 1.3.5-2 0
            500 http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian/ jessie/main i386 Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    herbstluftwm:
      Installed: 0.6.2-1
      Candidate: 0.6.2-1
      Version table:
     *** 0.6.2-1 0
            500 http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian/ jessie/main i386 Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    Nope. But I run the above on a I5 processor on 8 gig of ram on a SSD drive. She is a little speedster.

    Here ya go

    See also

    Official website
    funtoo Wiki
    i3 Source code
    i3-extras - Collection of scripts and patches
    i3ipc-glib - A library for i3 extensions
    i3ipc-ruby - An improved library for i3 extensions in Ruby
    j4tools - non-official tools designed to work with i3
    https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=99064

    https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=103369

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    I know this thread has some age on it, but figure that the good ol' i3 window manager needs some love. My first i3 experiment was months ago when I tried the Manjaro i3 community edition. While I was intrigued by it I soon switched to Xubuntu for the stability. Well I got a "wild hair" today and thought I'd try running i3 on a minimal Ubuntu install, a combo that should be lightweight and stable. So far I couldn't be happier. I started with the Ubuntu Server version, adding just the stuff I needed/wanted, and the end result is absurdly fast. Unlike most i3 users, I don't have an old/slow machine, but a year-old system that can handle any desktop. The appeal for me, oddly enough, is the performance upgrade I notice when gaming. I'm a huge fps fan, and i3 is noticeably more responsive to to input. Anyone that's curious about such a setup should give it a try!

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