Windows 10 and Arch Linux + i3wm

Zachary Wolfe - 4 years, 10 months ago

I know a lot of us technical geeks that would love i3wm to be integrated to Windows 10 or at least one that mimics the behavior of the window tiling manager, I have a multiple screen setup 3 screens and what I have done to have the best of both worlds is to install linux on a Virtual Box running Windows 10 native. Then install the Guest Additions so that all monitors work accordingly it takes a bit of configuring, but not as bad as you may think.

Soon I will put a tutorial up on how you can achieve what I have setup, I mean if you use i3wm you should be able to accomplish this setup pretty easily.

Basically I just set my Windows 10 Virtual Desktop and dedicate one of them to full screen mode Linux. That way I can on the fly switch back and forward between Windows 10 and i3wm Linux Environment easily just by pressing Ctrl + WinKey + Right Arrow , then switch back by first press 'Right Ctrl' then Ctrl + WinKey + Left Arrow.

If you have a multiple monitor setup you'll need to install Guest Additions and make sure you have 3D and 2D acceleration unchecked in the settings of the Linux VM. I have not yet been able to figure out how to get it to work with multiple screens otherwise.

Well this was a quick rundown on how I satisfy my needs for having shortcut key desktop management as I feel it's much more productive than anything Windows 10 can really provide at this point in time.

I do realize to be able to comfortable implement this into your workflow, you will more than likely need a nice machine with substantial amount of RAM.

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