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This article also applies to Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon or Linux Mint 18.1 Xfce.

We will show you how to install i3wm on Mate. We will take the same steps as this article on Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon.

Since the latest article about i3wm, I have been focusing on Mate and the possibility to take another window manager.

Mate provides us with 7 window managers. In writing the article about installing and designing Mate I have learned more tips and trics about Compton and I wanted to see what effect this new compton.conf would have on my i3 installation.


Installation of I3 on Mate

  • you will see the effects of compiz on my Linux Mint 18.1 Mate system
  • follow the steps I take
  • compiz cube effect
  • unfold cube effect




We go on the net and copy/paste the code from a compton.conf file we made to test out how it looks on i3 now.

Compton.conf file in ~/.config/i3 is taking care of

  • transparency,
  • dimming,
  • shadow,
  • fading.

Result of the installation


Going over the details of the compton.conf file

Compton takes care of many aspects of your desktop as a window manager.

  • transparency
  • dimming
  • fading
  • shadows