Ubuntu and i3

This is the post 1 of 3 in the series: My Working Environment

Introduction

I am using Ubuntu 16.04 desktop edition as my operating system. I have set up i3 as my Window Manager, and I must say, I am in love with i3. It is very easy to use and you can configure it to your heart’s joy!

There are some pretty cool stuff one can do.

To install i3 on Ubuntu, follow these steps – Install latest i3

Using i3

I find it very easy to use and it is light (on resources) and thus loads faster. You’ll appreciate this if you have a slow computer. As i3 is fully keyboard based, you’ll not find a conventional menu with icons. It does have a menu, dmenu, where you can type an executable’s name and it will launch it.
You can also specify applications to launch at startup in the i3 config file. You can find mine at – i3config

Here are some default keyboard shortcuts. In these, $mod means Windows key. It is something you can set, after installing i3 when you login the first time, it asks which key do you want to set as the MOD key, it gives the option of Alt or Super(Windows) key.

$mod+Return – Opens up the terminal
$mod+Shift+q – quit

Move Focus

$mod+Left – Focus window on the left
$mod+Down – Focus lower window
$mod+Up – Focus upper window
$mod+Right – Focus window on the left

Move Window

$mod+Shift+Left – Focus window on the left
$mod+Shift+Down – Focus lower window
$mod+Shift+Up – Focus upper window
$mod+Shift+Right – Focus window on the left

You can refer to more shortcuts here in this image – i3 reference

This is all for Ubuntu and i3. More posts to follow. Stay Tuned 🙂

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