<slightly OT> Linux Counter updated!!

Nils Kassube kassube at gmx.net
Wed Sep 21 20:33:07 UTC 2011

Cybe R. Wizard wrote:
> On Wed, 21 Sep 2011 16:21:10 +0200
> Nils Kassube <kassube at gmx.net> wrote:
> > There are two separate clipboard buffers (at least when you use
> > KDE). One is used with Crtl-C or right-click -> copy and then
> > Ctrl-V or right- click -> insert (or whatever it is called in the
> > menu). The other buffer is used by highlighting and middle-click.
> Don't they both do the same thing?  If you are used to the long
> version copy, isn't your material already copied to the highlight,
> middle click buffer by the time you use your copying via keyboard
> 'shortcut?'

Yes, if you highlight something with your mouse, it is in the mouse 
buffer and if you then use ctrl-c it is _also_ in the keyboard buffer. 
Then you can highlight something else with your mouse and that is only 
in the mouse buffer. You can then paste both buffers using ctrl-v at the 
point where you want to insert from the keyboard buffer and with middle-
click from the mouse buffer at a different point.

> What is the point of having two clipboard buffers for the same thing?

I don't know if that was the idea, but it is quite nice, if I want to 
quote from a web page and also copy the URL of that page. Then I don't 
have to switch applications twice. OTOH, it is sometimes confusing if I 
paste from the wrong buffer. 

> Is it just for the GNUbies moving from that /other/ OS so that they
> can still do as they are used to doing?
> If such is the case,  are we not better off teaching instead of
> making Linux into a clone of Winduhs?

If there are keyboard shortcuts, they should be the same as for Windows, 
IMHO. Otherwise it is too confusing if you use both operating systems. 
And what would be the point of inventing new shortcuts? Just to make 
things unnecessarily complicated?

> (can you say, "Ctrl, Alt, Delete?")

I prefer the most important shortcut for that other OS: Alt-F4. :)


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