• Use i3wm alongside gnome


    Hi,
    i wanted to try out i3 window manager with antergos. Is there some benefit of using gnome and i3 together ( will it even work properly?), or should I consider installing the base and configuring xorg and i3 myself?
    In the case of self configuring: what are essential things to do when using base install, besides xorg and i3?

    Thanks in advance :)

  • good question… there is the package gnome-i3 to make it a bit more easy to start them both together…

    The first thing you should do is to get a configuration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1I63wGcvU4&list=PL5ze0DjYv5DbCv9vNEzFmP6sU7ZmkGzcf this guy do a very good howto…

    you can also have a look at my setup files: https://github.com/killajoe/configs

    And the benefit to have i3 as the WM of Gnome is that you will have the notifications and also the setup for apps (gtk) so using on top of gnome is a bit more easy to setup.

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  • mutter is the WM in gnome and in theory you can replace it.

    However, when I tried replacing with i3, it didn’t work properly. Gnome went crazy.

  • i3-gnome doesn’t work at all for me.

    When I select i3-gnome and login, screen goes blank for a while then, again login screen.

  • So it would be better to make the base install of antergos and install xorg and i3wm from scratch?

    Again the question, what are the most basic packages besides xorg and i3wm that I need in an antergos base install?
    (So that I have more or less the same functionality as a DE like gnome)

    Thanks in advance, I do not know where to search for this kind of infos.

  • i3-wm alone is only a Window Manager and if you want to use apps build on gtk you need stuff to get theming e.t.c.
    And second if you want to use autmatic notifications or automounting e.t.c. this functionalities needs to be configured by hand… the main configuration file can do all this by starting the right programs or services.

    Stuff like pamac or emailprogram with authentification needed (for password or admin) will not save passwords without tinkering a lot …

    So to run it on top of a Gnome installation is more easy… i have this:
    exec --no-startup-id /usr/lib/polkit-gnome/polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1 & eval $(gnome-keyring-daemon -s --components=pkcs11,secrets,ssh,gpg)
    inside my ~/i3/config this makes me able to use polkit-gnome, but for notifications i do not know…
    This makes me able to authenticate for pamac and also geary (email) and all other programs needing admin rights…

    I use i3-gnome, and on first time it works also out of lightdm, but now ican only use it with gdm… (what i do not like)

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  • there comes a i3-wm update in at the minute solved the problem with lightdm, and also i3-gnome is wirking better now! i can get also all the settings like bluetooth inside i3 !

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  • @Etowl said in Use i3wm alongside gnome:

    So it would be better to make the base install of antergos and install xorg and i3wm from scratch?
    Again the question, what are the most basic packages besides xorg and i3wm that I need in an antergos base install?
    (So that I have more or less the same functionality as a DE like gnome)
    Thanks in advance, I do not know where to search for this kind of infos.

    As i say i would use i3 on top of Gnome! But if you want to have a very light setup and do not need much comfort you will be o.k. without Gnome, there is an option to get the extra installenvironments for cnchi:

    • startup with Antergos ISO
    • wait till cnchi appears
    • close cnchi
    • open terminal and put this command:sudo cnchi -z
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    or you can savely use the Antergos-deepin-ISO where you can choose i3 on setup: https://antergoscommunityeditions.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/antergos-deepin/

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  • @joekamprad said in Use i3wm alongside gnome:

    inside my ~/i3/config this makes me able to use polkit-gnome, but for notifications i do not know…

    Basically, you can install standalone notification packages from here: /usr/lib/notification-daemon-1.0/notification-daemon. For notification-daemon of legacy gnome, simply add to your i3 config

    exec --no-startup-id /usr/lib/notification-daemon-1.0/notification-daemon

    dunst also works, I haven’t tried for others.

    Thanks for the gdm tip as well, now I can use i3-gnome fully. Though I don’t know how you managed to get it work for lightdm.

  • @psscnp142 as i3 is only a X11 window manager you can mostly use what ever you want, but you need to configure everything, with using the gnome-shell as a DE in the back i can simple take the tools from one DE.
    On me, i like Gnome, but hate the way it handles windows, so the combination is satisfying my needs perfectly!
    https://youtu.be/QA7eLgKS8js

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  • this is an interesting topic! I don’t use Gnome but i know the existance of sway which is available at comunnity repo and you can check more info here http://swaywm.org/

    Antergos (default OS) - WIN10 (abandoned)
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  • Sway will be very interesting when wayland gets more and more default, and get a better 3d acceleration ;)

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  • @joekamprad I think for the beginning I will stick to gnome + i3, the setup in your video looks pretty nice.

    Sway also look really interesting, I will follow the updates of wayland.

  • today i get it working again under GNOME 3.26 with the i3-gnome-git AUR BUILD !!! hurray! no more windows pushing!
    0_1507684273438_Bildschirmfoto vom 2017-10-11 03-10-41.png

    [updates once a week] = [90% less problems]
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