Gnome with i3 on Fedora 29

I have been thinking of doing this for long time, finally I managed to get this working. Here is what you need to do to get i3 with all other gnome services running.

First we will create 2 files, this is actually all you need. In these ones, I copied the original gnome files and just change gnome-shell to i3 to replace my window manager.

11:15:43=>[~]> cat /usr/share/gnome-session/sessions/gnome-i3.session
[GNOME Session]
Name=GNOME + i3
# RequiredComponents=gnome-flashback-init;gnome-flashback;i3;gnome-settings-daemon;
RequiredComponents=i3;org.gnome.SettingsDaemon.A11ySettings;org.gnome.SettingsDaemon.Clipboard;org.gnome.SettingsDaemon.Color;org.gnome.SettingsDaemon.Datetime;org.gnome.SettingsDaemon.Housekeeping;org.gnome.SettingsDaemon.Keyboard;org.gnome.SettingsDaemon.MediaKeys;org.gnome.SettingsDaemon.Mouse;org.gnome.SettingsDaemon.Power;org.gnome.SettingsDaemon.PrintNotifications;org.gnome.SettingsDaemon.Rfkill;org.gnome.SettingsDaemon.ScreensaverProxy;org.gnome.SettingsDaemon.Sharing;org.gnome.SettingsDaemon.Smartcard;org.gnome.SettingsDaemon.Sound;org.gnome.SettingsDaemon.Wacom;org.gnome.SettingsDaemon.XSettings;
11:15:47=>[~]> cat /usr/share/xsessions/gnome-i3.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
Name=GNOME i3
Comment=This session logs you into GNOME + i3
Exec=env GNOME_SHELL_SESSION_MODE=gnome-i3 gnome-session –session gnome-i3
TryExec=gnome-session
Type=Application
DesktopNames=GNOME-Classic;GNOME;

Once, you have created these files, you can restart gdm and then select “Gnome i3” to login to your brand new session of gnome with i3.

Screenshot of Gnome3 with awn


Here is another screenshot of my laptop desktop with Gnome 3 and AWN (Avant window Navigator) running. Looks beautiful, isn’t it?

By the way, with this setup I have the old style menu also just that instead of on the top it is on the bottom just like old RH9 🙂

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