With all it’s faults I still like Unity Desktop

I’ve always preferred Unity desktop’s HUD and Lens over GNOME’s Activities. In all likelihood I’ll keep both desktop environments installed after Bionic Beaver is released later this week.

GNOME has a better workflow but I never liked the amount of vertical space wasted between the top bar and window below.

Unity’s Lens are largely useless, so perhaps I’ll drop both for a more traditional approach.

Lubuntu minimal with i3wm had been my primary desktop since December so its the strongest contender.

I may hop to other flavors like Budgie, XFCE or MATE.

Peppermint is another option although it won’t be based on 18.04 for a few months.

Testing i3wm in Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

Testing i3wm in Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

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.

Tonight’s i3 desktop

Source: Wallhaven.cc

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

Adding 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