Ok, I ordered a off eBay! Many decisions to make while waiting for it to arrive, such as which distro to put on it, which desktop environment to use, and so on.

Giving a try to i3 now. Feels like I'll need to spend some time customising it, but it might better suit my needs (and the low-res screen) than Gnome.

One lesson learned is that settings don't necessarily carry over from one WM to another, which makes sense. For example, I remapped my CapsLock key to Ctrl under Gnome, but this doesn't apply under i3.

The keyboard on the ThinkPad is really really nice. Much more pleasing to type on than the one on my Macbook.

I'm porting my config files, which I had created on macOS. So far the biggest hurdle, as expected, is that the user homedir is under /User on mac and under /home in Linux. For some reason shortening it to ~ in .zshrc and so on isn't acceptable.

Will have to think how to deal with that before pushing the updated version to github.

Another difference is that I keep control-clicking stuff expecting a contextual menu to pop up, ha.

Anyhow, I was able to setup my environment rather painlessly and even managed to get some work done on the machine! Loving it so far.

TODO:
- Try to get the fingerprint scanner to work
- Try to get AirPlay to work
- Figure out how to better work with i3
- If staying in Gnome, find a more compact theme
- Figure out Japanese and Chinese input
- Figure out why tmux isn't working the same as on Mac
- Find a good timer app for work

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Oh, you can get rid of the title bar in Firefox, great. How about the other apps?

@gueorgui o/ the common use for theworkshop is mostly for sharing projects we're creating rather than system configuration :3

(i think the first few post were more in that vein than the last few posts)

@cblgh Hmm, noted. I feel like I'm creating something by setting up this work/study environment, but maybe that's outside of the scope of the hashtag.

@gueorgui @cblgh theWorkshop is more about the end-product, and the process of creation, maybe start a new tag, : about all the environmental variables that go into one's workplace :)

@gueorgui you can also use a custom stylesheet to make it more compact.

This is what my firefox looks like

@gueorgui For the other apps, I think some have a toggle for disabling the title bar, but most don't. If you want a title-bar free experience, I'd recommend using apps that follow GNOME's interface guidelines. Some good examples are Lollypop, Foliate, Tilix, Epiphany, Feeds. They don't have title bars.

@aadil Thanks, I'll keep that in mind! Firefox has a compact mode and you can turn off the title bar, which is what I did. For the terminal though, the Gnome title bar (the HIG one that has all sorts of buttons in it) and the tabs are taking up a lot of screen space, so I'm probably going to configure xterm to work for me, after I take a look at Tilix. Thanks for the recommendations!

@gueorgui I wish I could remove title bars from every app on macOS :(

@lucaorio The only ones where the title bar bothers me on the Mac are the terminal and Brave. Luckily Brave (like Chrome) does a good job at being compact, and you can run the terminal I use (iTerm2) in a full screen mode that's nothing like the ridiculous native full screen mode macOS offers, so I'm pretty happy with the situation there.

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