MATE is, in my opinion, pretty awesome. Responsive, low resource requirements, yet provides a full DE, taking care of settings, SSH keyrings, …
i3 is also pretty awesome (but not
awesome). However, it’s a window manager, not a desktop environment.
Wouldn’t it be great to combine the two? Well, you can.
Step 1: Install MATE
sudo pacman -S mate mate-extra
Step 2: Install i3
sudo pacman -S i3 dmenu-manjaro
Step 3: Switch MATE’s window manager
dconf write /org/mate/desktop/session/required-components/windowmanager "'i3'"
Step 4: Disable desktop icons
otherwise you get the desktop as an i3 window
dconf write /org/mate/desktop/background/show-desktop-icons "false"
Step 5: Log out and in
Once you’re logged in, i3 will prompt to create a default i3 config file at
Step Z: Undo
dconf write /org/mate/desktop/session/required-components/windowmanager "'marco'" dconf write /org/mate/desktop/background/show-desktop-icons "true"
Alternatively, you can use
dconf-editor if you want a graphical interface for making these changes. “Show desktop icons” is also an item in
- MATE panel drawers don’t work properly: Reset the panel with e.g.
- Sometimes the panel appears on the wrong monitor on login: Reset the panel with e.g.
- Sometimes the desktop wallpaper disappears: Toggle