I’ve had used i3 from time to time in the past but I was still a staunch supporter of xmonad, so when I got a new work laptop in late 2017 I of course tried to use xmonad, as I have been since early 2012. But for some reason it didn’t really work on Ubuntu 16.04 (neither 0.12 nor 0.13) so I switched to i3.
Anyway, now it was time to upgrade my work laptop to Ubuntu 18.04 and after having a look at the live cd I was very impressed with Kubuntu, so I wanted to try that. But there’s a dilemma: Plasma is no tiling wm.
The key lines in the i3
config file seem to be:
exec --no-startup-id wmctrl -c Plasma for_window [title="Desktop — Plasma"] kill; floating enable for_window [class="plasmashell"] floating enable for_window [class="Plasma"] floating enable for_window [title="plasma-desktop"] floating enable for_window [class="Plasmoidviewer"] floating enable # Float by type for_window [window_role="pop-up"] floating enable for_window [window_role="task_dialog"] floating enable for_window [window_type="dialog"] floating enable for_window [window_type="menu"] floating enable #focus_follows_mouse yes no_focus [class="plasmashell"] no_focus [window_role="pop-up"] no_focus [window_type="notification"] focus_on_window_activation none
To get xmonad’s screen switching behaviour I had to comment thse lines:
#bindsym Mod4+1 workspace 1
and replace them with these:
set $x_switch exec --no-startup-id ~/.config/i3/i3-wk-switch/i3-wk-switch.py bindsym Mod4+1 $x_switch 1 bindsym Mod4+2 $x_switch 2 bindsym Mod4+3 $x_switch 3 bindsym Mod4+4 $x_switch 4 bindsym Mod4+5 $x_switch 5 bindsym Mod4+6 $x_switch 6 bindsym Mod4+7 $x_switch 7 bindsym Mod4+8 $x_switch 8 bindsym Mod4+9 $x_switch 9 bindsym Mod4+0 $x_switch 10
Here’s my current config without the above modifications at the time of writing.