Incorporate lessons learned from GNOME et al

Hi all,

After recovering for a few months in the soothing arms of KDE Plasma from the shock of my first meeting with His Royal Ugliness Sir GNOME I recently dared to look at it again safely in a virtual box. Encouraged, I consecutively made Budgie’s and Pantheon’s acquaintance. And I learned some lessons from them. The first lesson, I´d like to stay on Plasma. Plasma gives me some sense of freedom to adapt my DE to my convenience. As KDE Plasma is the most customisable from hear-say (ie, read-write). The second lesson, the GNOME department manages to get out of the way of the user and stay out of the way pretty well and I’d like to incorporate that in Plasma and bring that to an even higher level than GNOME.

I am not fond of a windows like taskbar either auto hide or constantly visible. I am also not fond of a bottom dock which requires a lot of mouse travel to command.

What I do like is tiling windows and I like a top dock only. And I also like to be in full control of when this dock must appear. Finally I´d rather use as much of my laptop’s screen real estate for the running applications and waste as least as possible to desktop management / peripherals.

My ideal configuration when running multiple (tiled) windows would be something like a top bar (panel) giving me access to app launcher, clock, battery and not much else.
When running an application maximised, I’d like to see no panel at all. The title bar should include the clock, battery and app launcher / taskbar. The latter should provide easy access to applications, running applications, system tray and notification area.

What would be a good entry point where I can get guidance on making such changes to my plasma config?

Hi @jagercode,

I am no expert and have no experience, but look at the i3 Window Manager:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/I3

If that’s what you’re looking for, tthere’s a plasmoid for integrating Plama and i3 in the AUR:

$ pamac search i3
[...]
i3-plasma                                                                                                                                                                                             4.16.1-1                                    AUR
A fork of i3-gaps tiling window manager with default configuration for plasma
[...]

So that can be installed with:

pamac build i3-plasma

You can also look here for something you like:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Window_manager#Tiling_window_managers

And here is how to use a different Window Manager than the standard, kwin:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/KDE#Tips_and_tricks

As I said, this is all theoretical and I have no experience with it, so can’t help you beyond the suggestions.

Hope it helps, though!