Wishlist - drag and drop please

Asked by Joseph Michaels on 2021-01-29

Out of the box, I want Ubuntu to allow me to drag and drop folders and files to desktop, to all folders, to the usb drive from desktop or folders, and to the trash.

Unity allows all this.

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Gnome devs don't think people should have files on the desktop so it doesn't work in Ubuntu. If you want desktop clutter then I suggest you switch to another desktop environment. It's the cause of much friction in Linux.

Joseph Michaels (jmichaels29) said : #2

I find this type of thinking to be arrogant - not you particularly, but those that think like this.
I have 2 folders and 3 image files on my desktop right now, that I'm working with - in Unity. Does this make me a clutter freak?

Do Gnome devs also think people shouldn't be able to drag files to be copied to a usb thumb drive or drag files/folders to the trash can icon?

I agree. Personally I don't like desktop icons but the fact that it's not a setting or choice is crap.

I did some searching and it turns out there is a plugin for Gnome Shell for desktop icons
https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/08/gnomes-new-desktop-icons-extension-enter-beta

Might be worth a look.

Joseph Michaels (jmichaels29) said : #4

The issue comes down to this: Does Ubuntu have any plans to include these features in the future, or do users have to seek out and install extensions (or whatever) to get it to work like, what a significant amount of users think, a modern OS should.

I made the transition from Mac OS X to Unity and left Apple for good. Now I'm heavily considering seeking out another distro that makes my computer, out of the box, feel like I think it should. Thank goodness there are 200 distros of Linux to choose from.

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