This is the first public release of one of my open-source projects, don’t hesitate to share some feedback and/or thoughts with me.
As a sysadmin, I have a lot of consoles open on multiples desktops and my 30″ screen was still not enough to cover my needs. To make things short, I needed to spare every pixel I could and KDE was really frustrating me as it was wasting a lot of space and ran quite a bunch of useless stuff in the background (akonadi/nepomuk anyone ?).
Then came my cyclic rage about it and I finally found my precious : i3wm. I just love it as it is what I ever needed : a lightweight yet very functional and handy WM.
- No more resizing my consoles to fit next to each other and I can still use floating windows for the needed applications.
- No more huge and pixel-hungry task bar, just a simple and very efficient one.
The problem when you start using something new and awesome is that you get a lot of ideas on what you could do with it and how you’d love to customize it. I mean, when using KDE or Gnome, your ideas are quickly shaped by the fact that you’d have to learn some exotic framework or language to implement them.
- Did you ever ask yourself how to add your own stuff in your task bar on KDE or Gnome ?
- What if the customization options you want are not available in your WM menus ?
Well, my answer was “never mind” tbh and I slowly even lost the idea of implementing anything on my task bar.
i3bar & i3status
After switching to i3wm, my first customization was to name my workspaces and setup my own colors to adjust the look & feel of my desktop. Then I started to tune the program responsible for displaying useful information on my bar : i3status. As you may know, you have some limited modules which can take care of displaying some useful information on your bar such as the free disk space on a disk partition or your wired/wireless network status.
But then I asked myself the same questions as I used to on my KDE days : what if I want more ? my own stuff on my task bar ?
Thanks to the i3bar open and simple protocol and the robust (even if somewhat limited) i3status program, I could finally hack into my bar. Naturally, I had to do it myself and there was a few examples available on the net but nothing really handy and extensible enough. That’s how I had the idea of developping py3status !
philosophy & goals
- no extra configuration file needed
- rely on i3status and its existing configuration as much as possible
- be extensible, it must be easy for users to add their own stuff/output by writing a simple python class which will be loaded and executed dynamically
- add some built-in enhancement/transformation of basic i3status modules output
available now on github
I’m glad to announce that I pushed it today on github ! You can start using py3status now and give your feedback. I hope this project will help users get more of their i3wm environment and encourage their hacking power !