Imagine that GNOME Shell and the i3 window manager got married, bought a house, and moved in together. And from this union, a brainchild called Material Shell appeared .
Material Shell is a promising new GNOME Shell extension that is currently in beta testing. It replaces the standard Shell window with a unique, keyboard-controlled one, with an emphasis on mosaics.
Pretty cool, isn’t it?
The developer of the Material Shell is Github user PapyElGringo, who describes his own creation as “a replacement for the Material Tiling shell for Gnome-shell”, which aims to “… simplify and speed up the daily workflow and productivity”.
Try the Material Shell yourself
The really good news about this particularly nice setup is that you don’t have to just sit around and drool over it: you can download and try it out for yourself!
Admittedly, the extension can’t be installed in one click, but running it on your desktop is also not difficult if you’ve ever worked with GNOME 3.32.
Just download the Material Shell extension from Github, move the package to the correct location, and then enable the extension via GNOME Tweaks.
have git installed, you can do most of the above actions.
Don’t forget to also enable the extension via
GNOME Tweaks > Extensions >> Material Shell>> .
Some keyboard shortcuts you need to know (note how convenient they are for one-handed use):
WGo to the top workspace / category.
SGo to the lower workspace / category.
AFocus the window to the left of the current window.
DFocus the window to the right of the current window.
QClose the current window in focus.
[MouseDrag]Move the window.
At the moment, there are no convenient configuration parameters in the Shell.
Let me know what you think about it in the comments below.