17 votes

My current desktop Linux environment: Cherry Mountain 2018

17 comments

  1. [13]
    tindall Link
    I enjoy customizing my Linux desktop. This is my fall/winter theme for 2018, based on the background I found. I use i3-gaps and Polybar on Manjaro Linux, running on a ThinkPad T430s.

    I enjoy customizing my Linux desktop. This is my fall/winter theme for 2018, based on the background I found.

    I use i3-gaps and Polybar on Manjaro Linux, running on a ThinkPad T430s.

    6 votes
    1. [7]
      cfabbro Link Parent
      Hmm... I use i3 but had never heard of i3 gaps before. Does all it add is the ability to set the gap space between windows? I have to admit, not having a gap really does bother me so I might have...

      Hmm... I use i3 but had never heard of i3 gaps before. Does all it add is the ability to set the gap space between windows? I have to admit, not having a gap really does bother me so I might have to switch. Are there any downsides to using it over the regular i3?

      3 votes
      1. apoctr Link Parent
        As the name implies, that's the main "selling point" of the fork. I believe there are a few other minor things added as well though. It's on github here. Due to how the gaps are implemented you've...

        Hmm... I use i3 but had never heard of i3 gaps before. Does all it add is the ability to set the gap space between windows?

        As the name implies, that's the main "selling point" of the fork. I believe there are a few other minor things added as well though. It's on github here.

        Are there any downsides to using it over the regular i3?

        Due to how the gaps are implemented you've got to disable window titlebars. But I think that's the only drawback

        5 votes
      2. [5]
        tindall Link Parent
        It's a fork but it's kept very close to upstream. It's easy enough to use on Arch but might be more difficult on other distros

        It's a fork but it's kept very close to upstream. It's easy enough to use on Arch but might be more difficult on other distros

        4 votes
        1. [4]
          cfabbro Link Parent
          I am currently running Manjaro KDE with i3 as well right now. There appears to be a community edition of Manjaro with i3-gaps and it's available via the AUR too, so it should be pretty easy to get...

          I am currently running Manjaro KDE with i3 as well right now. There appears to be a community edition of Manjaro with i3-gaps and it's available via the AUR too, so it should be pretty easy to get going. Thanks!

          3 votes
          1. apoctr Link Parent
            Keep in mind i3 and i3-gaps packages conflict. You'll need to uninstall one to use the other.

            Keep in mind i3 and i3-gaps packages conflict. You'll need to uninstall one to use the other.

            4 votes
          2. [2]
            tindall Link Parent
            Yeah, that's what I have. Just yaourt -S i3-gaps and you're good to go.

            Yeah, that's what I have. Just yaourt -S i3-gaps and you're good to go.

            2 votes
            1. wwindexx Link Parent
              Obligatory please don't use yaourt. It is dead as a doornail. Yay is the best alternative.

              Obligatory please don't use yaourt. It is dead as a doornail. Yay is the best alternative.

              2 votes
    2. [2]
      demifiend Link Parent
      That's a sweet machine, isn't it? I've got one of those, and I run OpenBSD on it.

      running on a ThinkPad T430s

      That's a sweet machine, isn't it? I've got one of those, and I run OpenBSD on it.

      3 votes
      1. tindall Link Parent
        Yeah, I love it! I'm planning to replace it with a T480 soon as it is slowly wearing down and the screen is somewhat low-res.

        Yeah, I love it! I'm planning to replace it with a T480 soon as it is slowly wearing down and the screen is somewhat low-res.

        1 vote
    3. [3]
      meghan Link Parent
      link to the background?

      link to the background?

      1 vote
      1. [2]
        tindall Link Parent
        It's checked in to my vcs, it's under stow/background/

        It's checked in to my vcs, it's under stow/background/

        2 votes
        1. s4b3r6 Link Parent
          And your VCS is here, correct?

          And your VCS is here, correct?

          2 votes
  2. [4]
    Wulfsta Link
    Why i3-gaps and not bspwm?

    Why i3-gaps and not bspwm?

    2 votes
    1. [3]
      tindall Link Parent
      I'm not familiar with bspwm. What is different about it?

      I'm not familiar with bspwm. What is different about it?

      3 votes
      1. [2]
        apoctr Link Parent
        Few things I can remember from when I used it: Bspwm is more modular Keyboard events are managed by a separate hotkey daemon (most people use sxhkd, made by bspwm author) rather than integrated...

        Few things I can remember from when I used it:

        • Bspwm is more modular
        • Keyboard events are managed by a separate hotkey daemon (most people use sxhkd, made by bspwm author) rather than integrated into wm config
        • Gaps support ootb, no need for a fork
        • Windows and window rules can be manipulated with the command bspc, making the wm scriptable (the config file is a series of bspc initial commands!)

        An example of bspwm scripting - someone made a script to allow slicing terminal windows in half here.

        4 votes
        1. tindall Link Parent
          Good to know, thank you!

          Good to know, thank you!

          2 votes