[NCLUG] Tuesday February 13, 2017 NCLUG Meeting

Bob Proulx bob at proulx.com
Tue Feb 13 23:27:07 MST 2018

James DeWitt wrote:
> What: Tuesday February 13, 2017 NCLUG Meeting
> When: Tuesday February 13, 2017, 6pm
> Where: Fort Collins Creator Hub,
>   1304 Duff Dr Unit 15, Fort Collins, CO; map:
> Topic:  Short Topics!
> Please come and tell us about a project, tech topic, or problem that
> interests you in around 10 minutes. Quick demos are a plus!

I spoke in a stream of consciousness on the use and customization of
the i3 window manager.  A good number of people in the group are using
i3 these days.  Check it out.  I will include the customization I use
at the end.  The i3 defaults are unusual and I think changing the
movement keys to traditional movement is what most users do.

Also some discussion of using it with screen and with emacs for
general productivity keeping the fingers on the home row and not
moving them to reach for the mouse.  Along the way we looked at some
of the original keyboards that influenced movement key choices today.

There was, as always, a good amount of discussion among the group.  We
got to hear the deafening roar of a 1U server with all fans spinning.
Aaron brought a giveaway-to-a-good home which I think Alex claimed.
Followed by dinner at Coopersmith's.


My i3 window manager config modifications to remap the keys are as
follows.  The rest of the config was unmodified.

# change to the traditional movement keys
set $left h
set $down j
set $up k
set $right l

bindsym $mod+$left focus left
bindsym $mod+$down focus down
bindsym $mod+$up focus up
bindsym $mod+$right focus right

# split in horizontal orientation
bindsym $mod+b split h

# use the cursor keys to move through the workspaces
bindsym $mod+Left workspace prev
bindsym $mod+Right workspace next

# useful for use with 2nd monitors and projectors
bindsym $mod+x move workspace to output right

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