Some time ago I found Regolith Linux which is an Ubuntu derivate on the one hand, and a ppa with a set of packages on the other hand. I guess most smaller Ubuntu derivates work like this, but that is not the point.
Quoting from their website:
Regolith Linux is a distro for people that prefer a spartan interface with polished and consistent system management. It brings together a trifecta of Ubuntu’s ubiquity, i3-wm’s efficient and productive interface, and Gnome’s system configuration features.
So in short it seems to be i3, with a set of preconfigured defaults, and the one thing I was missing when not running a full desktop environment, but just a standalone window manager - the system settings stuff.
So I tried it out by installing the packages from the ppa and nearly everything worked out of the box, with a few small things I had to tweak.
- reintegrate dmenu over rofi, but maybe rofi could be fixed for me
- copy parts of my old i3 config, carefully merging it to theirs
- fixing the workspace names for i3-wk-switch to work again, not 100% there
- this was a hard one: uninstalling ibus, because it claims ctrl-shift-u without any means to undo that (in the version in 18.04) and I absolutely need that shortcut daily in Qt Creator (as this is my work laptop)
Also some config things I merged or I’m using both versions because I am still undecided what I like best:
rofiin default mode, using
dmenuin my old config, also having
st, regolith’s default terminal
terminator, my default terminal
RAM usage so far seems to be a tiny bit better, but I’ve not measured it, objectively or otherwise.
But overall, I’m 99% happy with Regolith so far and while I still have a few tweaks to do - none of them pressing issues, actually most of it is my stuff ignoring their color scheme, so a lot of black over bluish, and I don’t care - I really like it and it fixed all the weird small problems I had with the unorthodox i3+plasma setup.