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 +====== A Better Linux / Gnome Clipboard Experience ======
  
 +Linux has two different types of "​clipboards"​. ​ I love the approach and switch back and forth depending on what I'm doing. ​ But, the copy/paste clipboard (ctrl-c and ctrl-v) acts a little strange in Linux and particularly in Gnome. ​ It seems unreliable to me.
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 +Typically the linux clipboard only persists while an application is running. So, if you copy in Firefox then close it, the clipboard is "​forgotten"​. ​ Gnome has it's own clipboard manager that I think was designed to help with this, but it's somewhat unreliable. ​ For example, if you copy from Firefox then close it, your clipboard is forgotten. ​ If you copy from gEdit and close it, it's remembered. ​ I'm not sure if it's app specific, just Gnome apps, or what exactly. ​ Ultimately, I set out to solve the problem for myself and this is what I came up with.
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 +It's fairly simple, really. ​ You need to do two things. ​ First, disable the gnome clipboard manager and then install a new one.  There are several options including xclipboard, glipper, and parcellite. ​ The latter is my preference.
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 +===== Disable Gnome Clipboard Manager =====
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 +First we need to disable the built in Gnome clipboard manager. ​ Open a terminal and run the following command.
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 +  gconftool-2 --set /​apps/​gnome_settings_daemon/​plugins/​clipboard/​active 0 --type bool
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 +===== Install New Clipboard Manager =====
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 +Next, we install our preferred clipboard manager. ​ I use parcellite, which I installed with the following command.
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 +  sudo apt-get install parcellite
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 +That's it, you're clipboard might work more as you expect now.
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