Clipboard Improvements Idea

James Westby jw+debian at
Fri Mar 26 19:48:46 GMT 2010

On Wed, 24 Mar 2010 18:53:06 -0400, Sarah Strong <sarah.e.strong at> wrote:
> Hey, all,
> I'm a third year computer science student poking around on GSOC ideas. I
> asked about the state of clipboard support in the xorg project, and got a
> very useful overview of how X handles it: It
> sounds like it wouldn't be appropriate to make any change to X in fixing
> clipboard management issues. The xorg devs seem to think it'd be appropriate
> to eliminate the pointer to xorg in the description
>, too.

Hi Sarah,

Nice job on investigating this.

> Combining that with James' comment, it looks like the most obvious way to
> tackle this task would be per-application. If that isn't a big enough job,
> perhaps David Bensimon could combine it with another grab bag idea he's
> mentoring such as the nautilus improvements one, or with other one hundred
> paper cuts style usability issues
> Does that sound like a reasonable modification to the idea?

I think so. It depends on how many apps need fixing I guess. Is it
individual apps that break, or classes such as running Qt apps under

It might be a difficult project to do if we have no idea which apps
don't work :-)



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