On 2015-04-18 05:06, nrickert wrote:
> My usual practice in linux is to just select with the mouse, then paste
> with middle click (scroll wheel click). I never did like the
> CTRL-C/CTRL-V way that Windows does it. However, CTRL-C/CTRL-V work in
> firefox and in konqueror. They do not work in “xterm” (they just
> generate keystrokes for the terminal session). I haven’t tried them in
In Linux we have two distinct clipboards. There is the old X one, that
only pastes plain text, using the mouse, across any X application that
writes text. It is spartane, but faithful and very useful.
(and if you load the gpm daemon, you get the same functionality in plain
Then there is another clipboard, that works only across some
applications, but can copy formatted text and images. For instance, it
works from Firefox/Thunderbird to LibreOffice. It typically works from
the edit menu, or some keyboard shortcuts.
And in KDE apparently there is a clipboard manager that improves and
By the way, Windows did this right since Windows 3, many years ago. They
defined a standard method to share the clipboard across any application,
with an API. Linux is trying to do about the same, but with the
multiplicity of desktops, it works partially. We don’t have a defined
standard, as far as I know. Or perhaps there is, but not fully
On the other hand, in Windows you can not select text from anywhere, as
you can in Linux.
Cheers / Saludos,
Carlos E. R.
(from 13.1 x86_64 “Bottle” (Minas Tirith))