Always Fiddling… Fortunately Rome Isn’t Burning.

I’ve written a couple of times about the fact that when I use Linux my window manager of choice (currently) is Xmonad. It has been for a while, but that doesn’t mean it has to continue being the choice, if something comes along.

I have also talked about my one bugbear with Xmonad. It is less convenient when I use my laptop as the function keys need an extra button to be pressed. It ends up being a two handed job changing screens. I was looking to find a way of changing the function keys to avoid this problem, and ended up reading about i3, another tiling window manager.

Installing it on my Linux machine was, as ever just a matter of using ‘aptitude’, and it only took a minute. Then simply log out, and set the session type.

As with most of the tiling managers, when you log in the screen is blank, apart from a simple status bar at the bottom of the page. I managed to run a script which I have to set the keyboard layout, screensaver etc. ┬áBut then I couldn’t work out how to do anything else!

I found the following page, so I’m going to give it another go. The cheat sheet can be found here.