So I recalled wmii the wonderful and lightweight window manager.
But I also recalled some reasons which prevented me using wmii as my main window manager:
- I didn't know how to make wmii show the system panel (that was the gnome panel) which keeps something like volume controls and daemon icons of ibus and Dropbox, etc.
- I have had two monitors and didn't know how to make wmii work with dual-monitor setting
I did some quick search and found an interesting article written by Tanguy: Tiling window managers.
The article listed three tilting window managers among which I've only used wmii. I heard of awesome but haven’t try it yet. After reading Tanguy's introduction, I decided to try i3.
I also did some more search about the system panel and finally got what I want. I listed some setting in my i3 configuration file (~/.i3/config):
# start-ups exec unity-2d-panel exec nm-applet exec ibus-daemon exec dropbox start -i exec ~/Downloads/copy/x86/CopyAgent # for dual-monitor exec xrandr --output DVI-I-1 --auto --left-of DVI-I-2
where the DVI-I-1 and DVI-I-2 are my monitors detected by using the command xrandr.
Here is my working monitors with i3 as the window manager:
|Using i3 window manager with dual monitors.|
|Close-up of the Unity panel.|
I am not sure whether I got the dual-monitor setting right. In my case, the monitors show two different workspace but not a single workspace with extension monitor.