i3 is a tiling window manager for Linux.
GNOME delights, however it also is bloated, causing my Thinkpad X1 Carbon to act slow and sluggish. Also, I believe that - psychologically, the use (or not) of tiling manager has an effect on memory and focus. In order to find out the veracity of these impressions, I decided to go back to the i3 Window manager as well as other software on the simple side of the spectrum (such as Emacs1 instead of VSCode).
I wanted to switch instead to Vim (inasmuch as Vim is lighter on resources), however I’d rather learn and use Emacs Lisp than Vim scripting for extending the editor.
The second step of the Make Tech Simple Again project was to switch from i3 to XMonad. Why? Because this opens me up to write complex workflows in Haskell with its type-safety benefits.
The first step of the Make Tech Simple Again project is to go back to i3. Why i3, and not GNOME? Because I have come to believe that i3’s workflow encourages focus & simplicity (more on this later). This note is just a historical record of what I did to get i3 working on both of my machines.