Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on January 05, 2007 11:45 PM
It's funny but, the Linux desktop clipboard has been a MAJOR problem for years. First, people wanted a clipboard that worked like Windows rather than the "funky" X11 behavior. Get use to it was the response for a long time. Then, people wanted a clipboard that worked across applications. You ask too much was the response. Then, people wanted a clipboard that could handle more than just plain text, like graphics, files formatting. You don't really need it, text is ample functionality was the response. Then people wanted multiple instance clipboards so that they could copy/paste multiple items or have a history. Not even Windows has that by default, you're just being silly, was the response.
Here we are in 2007 and Gnome, 'The Preferred Desktop' as I'm told, still lacks a working multiple instance clipboard! But, why? KDE has had one in the form of Klipper for several years and it's open source so, even if the Gnome people don't like everything about it, they can use it as a starting point and modify it as they like. So, why doesn't Gnome have a decent clipboard after all these years? Because Klipper wasn't-invented-here and the always arrogant Gnome folks would rather do without for years and years and years than reuse good code from KDE.
Why is Gnome 'The Preferred Desktop', again? Why does Bruce suffer Gnome despite his KDE envy?
It's 2007 and we are talking about a clipboard that still doesn't live up to expectations! How lame is that? I'm not complaining though. I'm grateful for the fact that we aren't still discussing the Save File dialog, that only took years.