I later moved to bspwm, maybe you might want to look at that as well –> bspwm
Well, in this article, I will follow step by step procedure of setting up i3. My dotfiles
First of all, install i3, i3lock & i3status. Generally, installing i3 will pull these as dependencies.
Edit your .xinitrc to launch i3.
During the first run, i3 will ask for your default keybinding. Some help on keyboard layout is here.
Now, lets start editing the configuration files. The main config file is present at ~/.i3/config. First, one would prefer to have named workspaces.
So the following has to be done for number of named workspaces you want. Check here.
Wow, so now we have named workspaces (for which you have to login again) let us change some settings for i3bar in ~/.i3/config. Colors can be set here along
with some position settings. Check for bar in config file as there are some defaults present. Help on these settings is available here.
Edit the i3status config file if you want to tweak it. Don’t forget to copy it to your home directory. Check out my
i3status config. Official wiki is here.
Some applications have to launched at startup, like setting wallpaper, network manager applet etc.. This can be done from config file. Official wiki
Next, we have to set up our screenlock, for which I use i3lock. I have a small shell script which does some magic.
After that, some keybindings have to be done. Official wiki here.
Now, we have a screen looking something like this (Don’t forget to get some cool wallpaper):
So, now let us transform our ugly looking setup :P, fonts first. Use a good font and change the setting in ~/.i3/config.
Next up are out ugliest component. GTK Apps :P. Instead of editing configuration files and saving them, I highly recommend lxappearance, which has
absolutely no dependencies! Use it set your GTK, Icon & Cursor theme. GTK themes are picked from ~/.themes & remaining from ~/.icons. My
generated ~/.config/gtk-3.0/settings.ini looked like this
Use some cool theme and even now, if the buttons are ugly make sure that you have the required gtk-engine installed. For instance, I use Zukwito,
so I need gtk-engine-murrine. Now, your gtk apps must be cool as in any other DE.
A list of applications that I use
My .vimrc along with molokai colorscheme is present here.
Install and enable autoload of some plugins ( beep.pl , buffers.pl etc..).
Make sure, your terminal emulator responds to urgent bell. In terminator, set Terminal bell to Window List Flash. To simulate bell
PS: Don’t forget to push your dotfiles to github so that anyone else can use those.