Better clipboard management?

tchomby tchomby at
Wed Jun 17 18:53:08 UTC 2009

I feel that clipboard managers are a band-aid, the core problem is
that the clipboard is broken in the first place. Also clipboard
managers seem like a power-user feature that the casual user might not
understand, at least not with better integration and UI of the
clipboard manager.

For example if we are going to have a clipboard manager on by default
then the interaction metaphor becomes that when something is cut or
copied it goes "into" the clipboard manager. The clipboard manager
applet becomes the clipboard, we shouldn't expect the user to
understand two concepts of clipboard and clipboard manager and the
distinction between them. In that case when the user cuts or copies
the clipboard manager's icon should probably flash, temporarily show
its list of items, or otherwise indicate that the content has gone
into the clipboard. An animation similar to the one used for window
minimising might even be a good idea.

Aside from bug 11334, Gnome should think about moving towards a
completely different clipboard model. This might be something for
Gnome 3.0. Sugar, for example, has a clipboard that can hold multiple
items in a stack, items can be dragged and dropped to and from the
clipboard and can be viewed with icons, thumbnails and content
previews, and it has a clipboard notification when you cut or copy.

On Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 12:11 AM, Danny
Piccirillo<danny.piccirillo at> wrote:
> I've recently been bothered more and more by Ubuntu's lack of better
> clipboard management. I don't know all the details but i think we could
> really do with a clipboard manager installed by default. I don't know much
> about this, and would appreaciate input, but from what i've read, GCM or
> Glipper seems to be two good candidates for the job.
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