Which distribution is the one in the picture below. More precisely, in which distribution can I find that top bar with the navigation numbers on the left ?

Which one ?

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    The picture is quite old btw. Jan 28, 2018 at 19:06
  • the bar itself is i3bar and the navigation numbers belong to workspace switcher
    – loa_in_
    Jan 28, 2018 at 20:54
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    Nowadays there is an interesting i3 compatible Wayland compositor: github.com/swaywm/sway
    – mviereck
    Jan 28, 2018 at 20:58
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    Also, if you look at the image closely, there are some URLs for i3wm.org and its subdomains Jan 29, 2018 at 0:17

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Some random distro that happens to be running i3 window manager.


Per i3wm site the window manager is distributed in Debian, Arch, Gentoo, Ubuntu, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, OpenSUSE, Megeia, Fedora, Exherbo, PiBang and Slackware.


The screenshot is definitively the i3 window manager, and most probably is Arch Linux.

If you look well, the screenshot is from 2012, and there is an IRC session there, in the IRC channel #i3, and a browser with several pages open at the site https://i3wm.org

It is easier googling after the IRC nick thevdvde later also known as thevdude, than try to guess things. It is easy to find him in twitter, reddit and github, and to correlate the old user handle to the new handle.

The user behind that nick does indeed uses Linux, has a github with Linux specific packages, and talks about using Arch Linux in the time period of that picture (the picture has a date of 2012).

thevdude 24 Sept 2014
I know you're just teasing, but I've got a machine with an arch install from over two years ago that's still running great. Just did an -Syyu to get bash updated.

So we can be pretty much sure it is indeed Linux, and there is a big probability of it being indeed Arch Linux.

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    The IRC channel in the screenshot is also #i3.
    – Random832
    Jan 28, 2018 at 22:46
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    This is both impressive and creepy.
    – ave
    Jan 29, 2018 at 20:21

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