Is Linux Annoying?
Subject:   Copy/Paste
Date:   2003-09-16 01:58:47
From:   anonymous2
Response to: Copy/Paste

I'd like to second the listing of the Copy/Paste behaviour. In spite of what you say is the "standard" behaviour, it's still enormously confusing for someone used to Windows or Mac. It often takes me two or three attempts to get the effect I wanted.

This is definitely the most un-intuitive behaviour encountered on the Linux desktop.

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  • Copy/Paste
    2003-09-16 07:04:22  anonymous2 [View]

    CTRL-C is not intuitive, especially if you're not english speaking. Apparently Xerox came up with the conventions because of the shapes of the letters, X for crossing out. IBM used to use things like Shift-Insert.

    The most intuitive would be the old Sun and HP keyboards, which had keys marked things like "Copy" and "Paste".

    X does support so called secondary selection (Windows style), but it is less used than Primary Selection. Again, Primary Selection used to be the standard. X toolkits had primary selection in all text widgets and labels before Windows had any selection in its text widgets. Unfortunately consistency has been broken by people trying to force Windows conventions onto Linux.
  • Copy/Paste
    2003-09-16 06:17:43  anonymous2 [View]

    It's only unintutive when your background is primarially windows. And that's not unintutitive, it's "different". I'm always irritated immensely the few times I use windows when a simple select with the mouse does not automatically copy the selected text. And instead, I'm forced to do ^c or pull down edit and pick copy to get done a job that shouldn't require my hand to leave the mouse. If there were only a way to get X select/copy functionality in windows, I'd reset windows to the X method.