whats the consensus on i3wm and other tiling managers?

whats the consensus on i3wm and other tiling managers? i've never actually seen anyone use it at work, but its shilled a lot on the internet. The boomers i've seen at work who are most productive always use stock linux or windows with sublime texts and light mode visual studios, also some arcane file managers like midnight commander or far manager

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Yajirobe

    Why are you looking for consensus before installing a program? Are you a woman?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      because i use my mouse a lot, when im browsing the internet and i3 just seems like a pain in the ass.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I don't get it. you have two hands, don't you?

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          i like to snack while i use teh internetz

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            dont lie, we all know you're just jerking off while browsing

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        The point of i3 is getting away from mouse, brainlet. Regardless of what the consensus on i3 is, using the mouse at all means you're operating way under your means. Pretty much 95% of distractions can be killed just by not using the mouse.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I was using the mouse while I read your vomit

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        You can actually use the mouse for a lot of stuff, but why would you. I use it since around 5 years daily (also for work). It takes a little until you have set up everything (if you don't want to go "vanilla") but after that, you never have to tinker around ever again.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        They're nice. I personally use dwm (with all the other suckless stuff like dmenu, st, slock, etc.), I think dynamic tilers are better than manual ones. It can be a pain to get everything set up exactly how you want it, and as others have noted, it's very possible to go down a rabbit hole of endless tinkering where you end up turning your environment into a hellish web of autistic little tweaks and scripts. Try to keep things simple and only add what you need. People focus a little too much on the tiling itself, but one nice thing a tiling window manager affords is being able to have a very unobtrusive, minimalist UI--you don't really need titlebars or a big fat panel with large clickable targets to cycle through windows when everything is keyboard driven and your windows aren't all hidden behind each other. Half the time I just toggle off my statusbar.

        There are some tiling window managers that are more accommodating towards mouse usage. awesome is pretty much a full-fledged stacking window manager that you can use with a mouse if you want, it's what I would recommend if you really want to keep using a mouse heavily. I think hyprland has some decent mouse functionality too, as does dwm if you use dwm-flexipatch and apply all of the mouse patches it has. If you really don't want to leave the comfort of a mouse-heavy environment but still want to try out tiling, you could try out some of the DE tiling extensions like the PopOS one (on GNOME) or whatever the tiling script on KDE is these days (Polonium, I think?) Alternatively, if you wanna go deeper into keyboard control, consider an extension like Vimium for your browser.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >web browsing = window management
        lol, lmao even

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i3 is the best
    bspwm takes the second place
    anything else is crap/unfinished/toy-tier/abandoned/buggy

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just use Hyprland

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    the GOAT wm
    >The boomers i've seen at work who are most productive always use stock linux or windows with sublime texts and light mode visual studios, also some arcane file managers like midnight commander or far manager
    cause its what theyre used to

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Probably fluff hyped by youtubers

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I got used to it
    Until I can find a replacement that can do that Windows PowerToys thing where I can drag a window while pressing right click to assign it on a specific area of the screen instead of letting the window manager automatically decide where to put new windows I think I'll stick with i3

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I hate using the mouse, so I use:
    i3
    vimium
    doom emacs
    yazi

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >vimium
      Consider trying vimmatic, I liked it better

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    let me guess .. u need more

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    its the xfce of window managers
    less = more
    less useless eyecandy than hyprland
    less fricking about with recompiling like dwm
    it just works

    and sway looks decent if you want a wayland setup too ig

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >i've never actually seen anyone use it at work
    That's because troony Window Manager users spend all their time tinker troonying and ricing their desktops rather than getting any work done

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      yep, autists act like GUI programs and DEs can't have keyboard shortcuts as well.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    switched from gnome to sway in 2018 and never looked back

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I like tiling, mostly because of how I use my comfusers, I basically have tabbed programs and they are mostly sorted by topic on multiple workspaces, so I'd have (back when I worked remote QA) cmus, slack, maybe email and sometimes a terminal tiled open on ws1 and a browser on ws2, usually have ws3 reserved for the occasional game, though this is by no means set in stone.
    Overall I like i3 on older hardware and sway on newer, I did try dwm, but I didn't like that windowing mode wasn't per workspace and I can't code C for shit to patch it myself

    My favorite DE is xfce which the last couple times, I used it the same way I use i3, so I stick to tiling. I have tried other tilers, but for one reason or another I keep coming back to i3

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm going to ignore the OP and just ask the other i3 users here

    Anyone know of a good alternative to polybar that is vertical? I couldn't find anything in the docs about making polybar be vertical

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It doesn't support it. I was checking how they Implemented x11 struts and such to add x11 support to my own bar and saw its not implemented at all.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It doesn't support it. I was checking how they Implemented x11 struts and such to add x11 support to my own bar and saw its not implemented at all.

      https://github.com/tmathmeyer/tint3
      https://github.com/LemonBoy/bar
      https://github.com/elkowar/eww
      These seem to work and provide vertical bars

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Would highly recommend against eww, as someone making an alternative to it. Requires entirely too much effort to do anything.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          post yours

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Not going to link directly to it but you can find it easily with a github search for "x11 bar qt"

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      i3 does not support vertical bars, nothing to do with the bar itself
      that said, there's a github issue for that, i think it was accepted, but i don't remember much, vertical bars are memes anyway

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        how come these exist then

        [...]
        https://github.com/tmathmeyer/tint3
        https://github.com/LemonBoy/bar
        https://github.com/elkowar/eww
        These seem to work and provide vertical bars

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          They work, just not on i3. i3 does not respect any window placements other that "top or bottom of screen in the exact dimensions of the window"

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's good. Not too much clutter and configuring it is not a hassle like "suckless" dwm. Comfy. I still like Cinnamon more though.

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I duno if you've noticed it but the logo resembles three i's on the ends of the letter "3"' so the logo spells out 3i

  16. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I like it because it forces you to organize your shit. Otherwise I open 50 terminal windows etc. Also you really only use ~4 programs actively, so I have them autostart on a specific desktop and then I know exactly where they are at all times.
    Some jank with small popups that take up half the screen though. I like i3-gaps too.

  17. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Back in the day I used xmonad. Then another tiling wm I don't remember, then landed on awesome. I used awesome for years. Then I had to spend a few years on windows. Now I'm almost ready to come back to Unix, this time probably freebsd, and I'll use awesome again. Or maybe I'll try i3.

  18. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Personally I'm kind of curious about dwm. I already use st, so I figure I might as well go in on the suckless meme

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'd recommend trying out dwm-flexipatch, it makes it very easy to try out patches and has a number of its own unique patches (although, I'd personally recommend using it to find the patches that you like, then patching a vanilla build of dwm with your preferred patches). Also, use dwmblocks-async for your statusbar.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        What a cool project. Thanks anon!

  19. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They're for NEET autists. Productive people rarely use them

  20. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    awesome wm is the best tiling wm.

  21. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    only cucklords use i3

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