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Basically when I try to drag and drop a file or shortcut on ubuntu (which is actually ubuntu server 10.04 with gnome installed) the icon just flies back to where it was before, very annoying having to copy and paste everything I want moved!
If you mean a desktop icon, that's actually not a shortcut or link, it's a special "desktop file" that contains the command needed to run the program, the program's name in various languages, and the path to the icon.
Basically, they said that "drag and drop is disabled by default in Ubuntu".
Then they went of to say that to "enable drag and drop", you have to make a launcher that runs Nautilus as root.
Drag and drop was always enabled!!! It's just that you, as an unprivileged user, cannot modify system files. And drag and drop isn't just for files, unlike the appearant assumption made by the video's author!