Testing i3wm in Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
Tiled GNOME terminals in i3
I merely installed i3 and some of my favorite settings from my previous i3 setup. The only thing to note is the additional RAM usage at about 1GB in here vs my previous
Lubuntu minimal 16.04 setup. I presume much of the RAM is reserved for the additional functionality at the Kernel level vs Lubuntu which is far more lightweight.
However, this does appear crisper and just as snappy.
A terminal based Pomodoro coountdown doesn’t appear to exist but can be created simply in i3’s config file.
It requires the following packages to enable “notify-send” which is a simple gtk popup notification.
# Pomodoro start and end notifications
bindsym $mod+Control+p exec notify-send --icon=gtk-info Pomodoro "Focus for 25 minutes" && sleep 2500 && notify-send --icon=gtk-info Pomodoro "Take a 5 minute break"
This quick notification will dismiss itself in a few seconds, if you blink you may miss it.
As an alternative I’m also considering adding
my bash command to lock the system and force that me to at least put in my password to continue.
Before I get to far into further customizations how about a gallery of my progress so far.
my custom i3lock screen blurs and darkens the image.
For the i3lock screen I started with a tutorial posted at
http://plankenau.com/blog/post/gaussianlock followed by a little additional research to adjust the brightness levels at http://www.imagemagick.org/Usage/color_mods/#level_gamma which contains several tips and tricks for use with ImageMagick. If you’re curious my final lock config is listed below.
convert /tmp/screenshot.png -blur 0x7 -level 0%,100%,0.5 /tmp/screenshotblur.png
i3lock -i /tmp/screenshotblur.png
I’m starting to feel more at home in i3 Window Manager and using the mouse almost exclusively for web surfing with the occasional adjustment to tile widths and floating window placement.
I still refer to the
i3 reference card from time to time.
This isn’t the first time I’ve tried i3; Previously, I’ve used it in WattOS Microwatt but didn’t stick with it very long due to my netbook’s painful performance.
This time around I started with my primary desktop’s testing drive a 10 year old 5400RPM laptop hard drive reclaimed from a broken down MacBookPro that I use for distro hopping.
However, i3 combined Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and on my hardware makes this an a responsive experience. now a couple weeks in I still have no plans to remove it.
Recent adjustments include
Redshift to my i3 config set to autostart based on my city’s location and the local time.i3 bar is themed based on Ubuntu’s Color Palette.
To do items
Set Mod keys for Firefox, pianobar, htop, ranger, gimp, and cmus
Set color theme for Mod+d menu