Why I Moved to i3 from wmii

This is just a short post to sum up why I have recently moved from to . In short it came down to these reasons:

  1. wmii is not
  2. wmii has a couple of bugs that really annoy me, and won't be fixed (see 1)
  3. i3 has a responsive and helpful community (mailing list activity
  4. i3 is easy to modify (config is simpler) and feels more well-built (less hacky)

My original concern about i3 was how it handled multiple monitors, it treats each screen as a workspace, this allows them to properly deal with attaching and removing monitors (and they do actually have a pretty good point). However I loved the fact that when I moved to a workspace it moved both monitors into that workspace, while still keeping them separate for windows I open. What was the problem with this? I felt constricted to 10 (0-9) screens worth of space. But after making some modifications (see and here
I have known for a long time that i3 was supposed to be the fix for wmii (it's like wmiii with 3 i's, hence i3), and so now I am finally moving to what I see is the future for tiling window managers (ignoring auto layout tiling window managers such as awesome and xmonad).

Benjamin Kaiser

Benjamin Kaiser

Software Engineer working on the SharePoint team at Microsoft. I'm passionate about open source, slurpess, and Jesus.
Gold Coast, Australia

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