Besides a little work on HOT, today I switched to i3. I added a shortcut to cater to my GNOME and Windows muscle memory. Now Ctrl+Shift+(up|down) changes workspaces, Win+L locks the screen (directly to DPMS off), and Win+R (instead of Win+D) opens a single-shot command line.
I really dig that i3 arranges windows neatly tiled. It’s how I’d arrange them manually (or used an extension the last few weeks in GNOME). Only much less hassle, because i3 does it automatically. And is much more flexible than the bugger extension I used in GNOME.
Also, now I have a simple place to start my commonly running programs on login without having to click the clicks.
On the downside, ssh key unlocking still needs some work.