[Dapper] Mouse

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at optusnet.com.au
Wed Mar 15 10:50:02 UTC 2006

On Wed, 15 Mar 2006 07:38:55 +0100
Mario Vukelic <mario.vukelic at dantian.org> wrote:

> > I figured that the single-click 
> > key would be in the mouse settings as it is in KDE.  Not so:  they
> > bury it in a file mgr --which, of itself, is no biggie except it
> > affects the whole desktop, not just the file mgr.  That is totally
> > illogical, in my book.  
> It might be slightly illogical, but IMO so is locating it in the mouse
> settings. I never would have searched there. If it bothers you much,
> file a bug, but please leave out the "it's bad because it is not like in
> KDE" thing. The moment Gnome becomes like KDE, I leave :)
> I don't actually think "it affects the whole desktop". E.g., all
> interaction with panels and menus stays the same, regardless of the
> setting. It really only affects files and desktop launchers, and they
> are all a behavior of the file manager.

Ah, but that's how coders think - "nautilus also sets the desktop,
therefore the mouse-click behaviour should be configured in nautilus"

Users don't necessarily know that nautilus draws the desktop - in fact
most would not realise that at all, just as they would not think of
gnome-panel as a program separate from the rest of the "desktop". 

I can remember how confused I was a few years ago, the first time I
started nautilus from a terminal in Fluxbox. My desktop background changed
to what was set in gnome, and I couldn't work out how to change it back -
and right click no longer opened the Fluxbox menu etc

I had to google to find out that I needed to run nautilus as "nautilus
--no-desktop " to solve the problem.

Gnome used to have a prominent "Control Centre" - surely something like
that is a more logical place for settings of this nature? Also, would a
"normal" user not look under "mouse" to configure "mouse click behaviour",
including single/double click?

(Note: Yes, I am aware that you can still type "gnome-control-center" in
a terminal, but notice that single click behaviour is not configurable
under "mouse" )

Peter Garrett

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