If there is anything I hate when using a computer is clutter. This is one of the main reasons I’ve been regularly using the i3 window manager for more than a year now. I get a plain “desktop” that I can customize for efficiency and a f*cking awesome look, without sacrificing this window manager minimalism. And did I mention i3 is really lightweight?
If you’re new to i3wm or window managers in general, it might be a bit cumbersome to set up, but it’s worth your time. The keybinds will probably feel strange too. Yet, this are things you can easily overcome in two weeks or less.
As soon as you adapt to it, i3wm will start to feel more and more like home. And home is where ~ is, right?
After that, you will start tweaking the look and feel. When you get to that, head to /r/unixporn. There are some really great configurations shared there that you can use or adapt for yourself, to give you your “perfect desktop”.
In this post, I’m sharing some screenshots of my current i3 configuration, so you can get a glimpse of one of many things that can be accomplished with i3wm and some apps. It’s still a work in progress, so I won’t be publishing any dots. But don’t worry, as soon as I finish it I will upload the files to github and share them on /r/unixporn.