[ This is an incomplete post mainly consisting of notes to myself.  Ignore at will, commander. ]

When installing slackware, I opted for the excellent XFCE desktop environment. But having become aware of i3, a new tiling window manager, I decided to give it a go.

Learning a new Linux distro is never completely straightforward, even for a veteren. All distributions do things differently, so the knowledge you gain in one distro is never wholly applicable to another.

This can make for interesting discoveries and baffling, vexing problems which require prolonged periods of diagnosis to remedy. But the joy of learning how things work is always with you in Slackware, which is why the distribution – while harder work – is certainly quite rewarding.

Installing i3

How to install… SBo… xwmconfig, etc

http://docs.slackware.com/howtos:window_managers:i3wm

Good starter docs by sycamorex

Getting the right screen display resolution with laptop and external monitor

Use Arch documentation as reference xrandr https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Xrandr (and clues from http://oyhus.no/Intel_915G_SuSE_10.3.html)

To XDM or not to XDM…

The problems I had with XDM

Getting started with the i3 config file – setting alternative shortcuts, nm-applet, etc

$TERM – WTF!! http://superuser.com/questions/124908/how-do-you-change-the-default-term-value-set-at-console-login-ubuntu/124915#124915

Getting the € Euro sign working: http://www.dawoodfall.net/index.php/utf-8-console … and having to edit the code page slightly (removing the U+20AC character from the 4th position in the table) http://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/20aC/index.htm (“loadkeys unknown keysym: ‘quotedblbase'”)

Other smaller config changes

Running Emacs (server) and testing with emacsclient http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/EmacsClient#toc1