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i3wm on the Nokia N900
i3wm on the Nokia N900
Name i3wm
Graphics stack i3wm on Xorg
In postmarketOS
Package postmarketos-ui-i3wm
Status Available


i3wm is working quite well on the N900. It does not make sense to run this interface on a device without a hardware keyboard, because it is a tiling window manager. Since the N900 keyboard does not provide the same keys, as a regular keyboard does, the N900 device package has its own i3 config. It is easy to add such a config to your device as well, just look at how it's done in device-nokia-n900, modify your device package accordingly and make a pull request.


Run pmbootstrap init and choose i3wm in the interface section.

Currently this installs lxdm as display manager (a common display manager is planned, see #88). When booting for the first time, you need to select i3 in the top left dropdown, where it allows you to choose the session.


  • How about a wallpaper for the N900 with i3wm, that is based on the postmarketOS wallpaper, but shows the keybindings on the desktop?
  • Someone started working on porting this setup, which would enable touch-only devices to use it.


Follow the Display guide to change and fix display related issues.

See also