Hello Linux Mint newbies and newbie helpers,
I'm getting a bit of a kick out of posting in the Newbie section of the forum, as I've been a linux user for over 11 years now, but I only recently decided to try out Linux Mint after getting discouraged by Ubuntu and Gnome's recent antics after Ubuntu version 10.10. So here I am, seeking help with getting Linux Mint 12 working the way I have grown accustomed over all these years. I have quite a few things I'm looking to tweak but I'm going to start with the most important one... the one that's got me considering abandoning Linux Mint 12 altogether... my need for what is apparently called "Sloppy Focus".
I didn't even know that what I wanted was referred to as "Sloppy Focus" until I got myself on Linux Mint. My preferred behavior is the traditional Unix "Focus follows mouse" behavior - for the keyboard focus to follow the mouse, leaving the window where it is in terms of foreground/background. In gnome 2.x that was referred to as "Select windows when the mouse moves over them". In Gnome 2.x there was also a "Raise selected windows after an interval" option, but I NEVER used it. It is the "Raise selected windows after an interval" option that I am trying to turn off in Linux Mint 12.
I have installed the Advanced Settings (gnome-tweak-tool) configuration tool, which I was led to when searching for how to turn off the auto raise functionality. In the "Window" section of gnome-tweak-tool, I have "Window focus mode" set to "Sloppy". I initially had it set to "Mouse", thinking that "Mouse" was the same as my preferred mode of operation, but found all my focused windows auto-raising. I couldn't find a way to turn off the auto raise functionality, so I searched some more and realized based on what I read online that what I was really looking for was "Sloppy" focus. That's funny, I consider the "Auto raise after a certain unable to define interval" functionality to be pretty sloppy. Anyway, after switching my "Window focus mode" to "Sloppy", I disappointingly found that the windows still auto-raised.
It seems that gnome-tweak-tool should allow me to set the focus the way that I want, because if set the "Window focus mode" to "Click", the desktop does change to the expected, but dreaded, MS Windows behavior of only focusing on windows I've clicked on.
FWIW, I am currently using Gnome Classic for my desktop environment. I didn't like the default Gnome shell much, for reasons similar to why I abandoned Gnome 3 on Ubuntu 11.x. I've tried Cinnamon too and find it pleasantly similar to Gnome Classic in many ways, and I haven't decided if I prefer it over Gnome Classic. My decision will probably depend on which one allows me to use "Sloppy" focus, which I haven't been able to do on either one, yet.
Does anyone know how to get the Window Focus Mode working the way I've described in Linux Mint 12?
Last edited by kenwego
on Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:08 am, edited 1 time in total.