User:Altercation/Bullet Proof i3 Install
Getting i3 up and running is just the beginning. Unlike a more "heavyweight" and complete desktop environment like Gnome (which I like), tiling window managers are missing a lot of what makes using a computer "seamless". For example, disks probably won't mount automatically, wifi won't come up on its own, etc. Power users will each have their own preferences about what should be done automatically. Sometimes I prefer wifi not scanning every network out there. I may leave that off, but may choose to automount drives I connect to the system. Making these choices means building up your own desktop environment, with a tiling window manager (and linux) at the core.
display manager or xinitrc (sddm or nothing at all, though if nothing I need to see what I'm missing)
using .xprofile or /etc/xprofile
Power https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/aclidswitch-git/ tlp, etc.
unclutter (there is a rewrite of unclutter in aur that i'm using)
Networking & Wifi:
sudo pacman -S networkmanager network-manager-applet dhclient https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/networkmanager-dmenu-git/ # systemctl enable NetworkManager
make sure there is a polkit agent installed as well: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Polkit#Authentication_agents # pacman -S polkit-gnome and we need gnome-keyring # pacman -S gnome-keyring add
to .xinitrc / .xprofile / i3 config or other
for dmenu NetworkManager config: To customize dmenu, copy /usr/share/doc/networkmanager-dmenu-git/config.ini.example into ~/.config/networkmanager-dmenu/config.ini and edit:
Desktop Entries consider installing dex and then adding "dex -a" for autostarting autostart desktop entries... 'dex -ad' will show dry run of which entries those are and you can instead run them manually.
Install a notification server. Probably one of dunst, statnot, twmn
GTK theme, fonts
zero config networking
i3lock (custom colors version with blur) https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/xss-lock-git/ to activate lock automatically on suspend/dpms same author has https://bitbucket.org/raymonad/xss-inhibit/overview
what gdm gives you
infinality yes to this and using infinality repos
screensaver, screen locking either sxlock i3lock-fancy xss-lock (maybe with one of the above) cf https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/List_of_applications/Security#Screen_lockers
udisks2 plus opt dependecies (for automounting) Optional dependencies for udisks2
parted: partition management gptfdisk: GUID partition table support [installed] ntfs-3g: NTFS filesystem management support dosfstools: VFAT filesystem management support [installed]