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#1 2014-03-19 11:15:40

gychang
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Registered: 2011-12-14
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installing i3

I have basic AB installed with openbox.  I am mainly a keyboard guy and interested in getting i3 installed.  I see in AB wiki does not have much info on how to do this, but Arch Wiki does.

1.  How do I get remove the openbox all together and install i3 in AB?
2.  or if I want to use either OB or i3 what do I need to do with slim.conf or /etc/.xinitrc ?

thanks

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#2 2014-03-19 11:31:29

Mr Green
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Re: installing i3

Once i3 is installed all you need to do is add exec /usr/bin/i3 to .xinitrc. Comment out openbox-session with a #

Get i3 set up as you want it and then simply remove openbox with pacman. And of course any other related applications. (Will sort list if needed)

Hope that helps


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#3 2014-03-19 11:41:40

gychang
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Re: installing i3

Mr Green wrote:

Once i3 is installed all you need to do is add exec /usr/bin/i3 to .xinitrc. Comment out openbox-session with a #

Get i3 set up as you want it and then simply remove openbox with pacman. And of course any other related applications. (Will sort list if needed)

Hope that helps

thanks, this will get me started.

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#4 2014-09-15 03:27:39

xkaspian
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Re: installing i3

Do I get a performance boost  with  i3  compare to Openbox  ??

Will the window manager i3  be the future standard window manager in Archbang  ??

Thx

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#5 2014-09-15 09:59:51

oliver
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Re: installing i3

xkaspian wrote:

Do I get a performance boost  with  i3  compare to Openbox  ??

Will the window manager i3  be the future standard window manager in Archbang  ??

Thx

I think if there were raw benchmarks then i3 would probably shade it but whether you'd notice a performance boost (or "snappiness") is debatable.  It's more of a productivity boost IMO.

I doubt i3 will ever be the future standard in Archbang (but it's up to Mr Green) because you have to get in a certain mindset for tiling WMs

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#6 2014-09-15 10:13:43

xkaspian
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Re: installing i3

Thx oliver.

I will stay with openbox smile)

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#7 2014-09-15 13:40:01

Mr Green
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Re: installing i3

I think i3 is much faster than openbox. Development of openbox is slower too. Comparing speed would be difficult but certainly i3 would use less memory.

Oliver is right on mindset of tiling managers, however i3 is flexible enough to allow desktop with floating windows..

I love i3 as my day to day desktop smile


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#8 2014-09-15 13:50:40

scjet
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Registered: 2010-12-01
Posts: 1,468

Re: installing i3

One man's garbage, is another man's jewellry heist, as that saying goes.
If i3 was all there was, I could learn it being I've had some experience with unix/linux,..., ksh. bash, not much "C" at all though, but the point is, Tiling mgr's aren't for everyone, but we're glad for the choice.
We need both ends of the DE/WM spectrum, and there really is onl;y two, tiling or stacking, "touchey-feely" doesn't count 'cause you only need to know one thing -where's the power on/off button -duh.
big_smile

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#9 2014-09-15 15:23:26

Mr Green
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Re: installing i3

Tiling mangers are for everyone, i3 is no more difficult to use. Consider the pain of xml for a while, compared to an clear easy to read config...


Comments, suggestions please feel free to contact me mrgreen(at)archbang(dot)org

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#10 2014-09-15 23:48:26

xkaspian
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Re: installing i3

Thx for the clarifications smile)

I'm used with openbox and my keybindings. Archbang is really well done. I like it very much since nearly 1 year and will stay with Archbang.
I tried also different other Arch spins like Manjaro and Evo. Manjaro got already to far away from Arch way. Evo is quite vanilla with simple script.

I installed before Arch + xfce4, but I prefer Openbox. Of course, I could remove xfce4 and install openbox and do all the tweaks. Painfull and too much time investment for some family father smile)  Archbang did it already well done for me.

Thx to the team of Archbang who do great work. The forum here could just have a little bit more movement smile)  I can just recommend Archbang.

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