The Gregory Jay Blog



A New Window Manager

Change of Workflow

i3 has been my goto DE for a few years now. I've cobbled toegther a pretty good workflow around it. However, after various updates and changes to the way I work, it has become more and more unruly. Here are my musings on what I've done with it, the problems I have with it, what new functions I want and how I'm going to acheive that. Basically its a plan for how I'm going to sort out the mess that is i3 on my computer.


The things I like about my setup:

  • auto go to workspace and open program
  • scritps bound to keys: script for vpn, password manager, youtube vid/aud download
  • I can move windows across monitors very intuitively.
  • configuring and changing keybindings etc is very quick and easy.

  • Things that I don't like

  • ranger: slow, previews
  • Wow Script stopped working
  • Wow 2 instances on 1 screen - wine issue
  • using too many browsers need to choose 1 and stick with it
  • too many document viewers
  • too many options for programs to use for simple things: text editors, image viewers,file managers,

  • What I want in a new setup

  • More control
  • Tighter setup, less programs only have installed the programs I need and will use
  • Less mouse apps, use keyboard imput as much as possible.
  • One browser with adblock that I can use from my bookmark script
  • 1 Document viewer that can ready ebooks, PDFs and text.
  • To be able to open 2 instances of WoW on one workspace.

  • New Setup Ideas

  • Arch
  • ST
  • NVIM
  • GIMP, Syncthing, Darktable, NNN, ?Img Viewer? sxi feh ?Vid Viewer? mplayer vlc? KDENLIVE, ?AUDACITY? ?BROWSER? surf? brave? DWM/BSPWM ?OFFICE SUITE? EMULATORS WINE, ?DOC VIEWER? SCRATCH ?SCREENKEY? ?NEOFETCH
  • Scritps: Dmenu Config
  • Greg is a true Sinophile, fluent in Chinese and proficient in Tibetan he is a homeschooling Dad that also consults on the side. You'll often find him cigar in mouth, book in hand, waiting for someone to finish their work or for the coffee to brew.

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    Linux

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    Education

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    Linux

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    Linux

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