Big improvement. The icons sizing etc., are a massive improvement. Without all the candy bars top and bottom it looks like a workspace. I would use this for sure, barring the fact that Gnome 2 is soo legacy. jk
I was trying to easily set my background with my Mate + I3 setup, using the MATE->Appearance->Background settings. However, this fails as soon as you remove all Mate panels by deleting panel from the org.mate.session.required-components-list.
I thought it interesting how I approached this project from the thought of getting desktop functionality into a tiling window manager. However, tmick was looking at getting a tiling window manager into a desktop. Hence as Hayden mentioned, we can receive different results even though both are Mate + I3.
Therefore, I surrendered and decided to use Nitrogen to set my wallpaper. Then I added a little bling with picom, so that my Mate Terminal is now transparent, and my i3bar is also transparent.
Well I only need 2 really. The 3rd monitor I call my entertainment monitor, because it’s actually an old 32 inch LCD TV. Text on it is not great, but YouTube videos play excellent.
The middle screen is my main monitor. I have configuration terminals in one workspace, then remote work apps in another workspace. Google chrome is in its own workspace as this is mainly used for note taking.
The second monitor on the right is my browser monitor, I have settled with Firefox. I have two Firefox profiles. One personal and one work. So Personal Firefox in one workspace and Work Firefox in another 2 workspaces.
I have 10 workspaces so far. 7 in use, 3 for spare if I need to spread some information.