Can the i3 Manage a 42.5" 4K display well?

Regev

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I'm building a computer for productivity uses (I'm an author and a copywriter/advertiser who spends a massive amount of time reading, writing, researching). Considering these monitor setups:

#1: Single 42.5" TV - 3840x2160 (8.3m pixels at 103PPI) - 94x53 cm (37x21 in) - $385
#2: Dual Vertical 24" - 1200x1920 (4.6m pixels at 94.5PPI) - 72x55 cm (28x22 in) - $400
#3: Triple Vertical 21.5" - 1080x1920 (6.2m pixels at 102.5PPI) - 88x49 cm (35x19 in) - $355
#4: Single 31.5" - 2560x1440 (3.7m pixels at 93.25PPI) - 70x39 cm (28x15 in) - $300
#5: Dual Vertical 21.5" - 1080x1920 (4.15m pixels at 102.5PPI) - 59x49 cm (23x19 in) - $255
#6: Dual Vertical 23.8" - 2160x3840 (16.6m pixels at 185PPI, Scaled 200%) - 60x53 cm (24x21 in) - $765
#7: Dual Vertical 23.8" - 1080x1920 (4.15m pixels at 92.5PPI) - 60x53 cm (24x21 in) - $290
#8: Dual Vertical 27" - 2160x3840 (16.6m pixels at 163PPI, scaled 200%, taking a few steps back if text too large) - 74x62 cm (29x24 in) - $805

The problem that I see with the big 42.5" 4K TV (besides it maybe being a bit too overwhelming) is the whole window management thing. With multiple monitor, you open up an app, it fills the screen automatically, etc. With one monitor, you have to constantly arrange the windows etc to fit nicely next to each other. But I'm thinking of just taking the TV and installing i3 because it seems so robust at splitting windows! How will it handle such a display? Is there a way to set it so that when there's a few things on the screen (for example one window), it will indent the text to the center so that I don't have to read it from the far left side of the screen?
 


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I'm building a computer for productivity uses (I'm an author and a copywriter/advertiser who spends a massive amount of time reading, writing, researching). Considering these monitor setups:

#1: Single 42.5" TV - 3840x2160 (8.3m pixels at 103PPI) - 94x53 cm (37x21 in) - $385
#2: Dual Vertical 24" - 1200x1920 (4.6m pixels at 94.5PPI) - 72x55 cm (28x22 in) - $400
#3: Triple Vertical 21.5" - 1080x1920 (6.2m pixels at 102.5PPI) - 88x49 cm (35x19 in) - $355
#4: Single 31.5" - 2560x1440 (3.7m pixels at 93.25PPI) - 70x39 cm (28x15 in) - $300
#5: Dual Vertical 21.5" - 1080x1920 (4.15m pixels at 102.5PPI) - 59x49 cm (23x19 in) - $255
#6: Dual Vertical 23.8" - 2160x3840 (16.6m pixels at 185PPI, Scaled 200%) - 60x53 cm (24x21 in) - $765
#7: Dual Vertical 23.8" - 1080x1920 (4.15m pixels at 92.5PPI) - 60x53 cm (24x21 in) - $290
#8: Dual Vertical 27" - 2160x3840 (16.6m pixels at 163PPI, scaled 200%, taking a few steps back if text too large) - 74x62 cm (29x24 in) - $805

The problem that I see with the big 42.5" 4K TV (besides it maybe being a bit too overwhelming) is the whole window management thing. With multiple monitor, you open up an app, it fills the screen automatically, etc. With one monitor, you have to constantly arrange the windows etc to fit nicely next to each other. But I'm thinking of just taking the TV and installing i3 because it seems so robust at splitting windows! How will it handle such a display? Is there a way to set it so that when there's a few things on the screen (for example one window), it will indent the text to the center so that I don't have to read it from the far left side of the screen?
I think, this has more to do with GPU capabilities than those of DE/WM. This article from phoronix might help https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=linux_uhd4k_gpus&num=1
 

Regev

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I don't intend to game on it - it's purely for productivity uses (my onboard graphic card can push [email protected]). I was just worried with the 42.5" 4K TV because of the whole window arrangement inside of it (as opposed to 2-3 multi monitor setup). But then I thought wait a sec, a tiling window manager (like i3-gaps or Qtile) could probably handle that well and split the screen into "virtual monitors". But is there a way to, for example, set it up so that when I launch a window in a new workspace it always begins from the center (and not the corner) so that I don't have to move my head?
 

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But is there a way to, for example, set it up so that when I launch a window in a new workspace it always begins from the center (and not the corner) so that I don't have to move my head?
I think it's possible to configure i3wm or any other WM to behave like that, at least it is in awesome and icewm. You might need/want to read here https://i3wm.org/docs/userguide.html
 


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