I've a fresh Ubuntu install running in VMWare.
I installed i3 with
sudo apt install i3.
It seemed to install fine and I can switch to it in the Display Manager no problem.
Loading in however there is no desktop background, just a black screen. I can change this with
xsetroot -solid "color"
gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri
Shows the path to the default background.
gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.background draw-background
Logging back into Ubuntu at the display manager everything works fine with the background showing up.
Any idea what's going on and how I can get the background showing up with i3?
EDIT: I should note, i3 is working fine functionally. There's just no background.