Back to #i3wm and my old X setup...
Looks like I won't be able to make it on a proper desktop environment. Luckily my custom setup has settled and won't consume my time.
In other news scraping MATE and Xfce4 took multiple steps on Debian. This is sth I hate: apt's install and (auto)remove are not symmetrical, and I hate it. With #Guix, I'd just switch to a previous gneration and voilà, everything clean and working.
@cadadr This has been my biggest gripe with Debian, which otherwise has been great for the 5+ years I've been running it. If you make the mistake of trying-out a desktop environment, it becomes a pain in the neck to get rid of it.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko