I am at about 2 years on Solus and I want to try out a tiling wm in a different distro. I like the idea of i3, so I am leaning in that direction. However…
At this point, I am reluctant to go all in on something that is still dependent on X11, so I am also looking at sway (essentially i3wm on Wayland), but it seems to be pretty new and not widely adopted.
My ideal Desktop distro right now would be CentOS 8 Stream. 2nd is Fedora. 3rd would be Ubuntu or Debian. After using Solus, I would prefer to use a mainstream distro, or at least a mainstream package manager. Additionally, I have never used Arch or Suse, and for me, it’s not worth the time commitment to learn a new ecosystem just for my desktop.
I don’t want to build anything from source or have to manage software updates for i3/sway outside of a package manager. I am ok with a 3rd party/unsupported repo if it’s reliable. I want to install something that will persist for years without breaking.
From what I’ve seen so far, this leaves me with a few compromises to choose from since Sway via DNF in CentoS Stream isn’t even close to being a thing.
The first thing I am trying is Regolith Linux, which is Ubuntu 19.04 running i3 gaps out of the box. I would prefer a RHEL distro, but Ubuntu is ok. Playing around with it in a VM for a few minutes, I am really liking the UX overall. I can see myself becoming very quick with the hotkeys after the initial learning curve.
Anyway, the purpose of this topic is just to get some recommendations and experiences from the community here. Maybe some of you have explored these options and have some experiences to share.
@freqlabs, I believe you use awesome (presumably in FreeBSD?). I’d be curious to know if you ever tried i3 and what you think of this overall. I’d almost be willing to try FreeBSD desktop, but I think I’m too reliant on some Linux-only software to make that work.