E.g. the select text cursors in all distributions and desktop environments I have tried are unusable. I need 1 pixel width and not 3 or more pixel width like it's currently on all DE including Cinnamon, Gnome, KDE, etc.

Selecting text in Linux is so much more difficult than in Windows where the select text cursor is only 1 px wide and very easy to use.

I don't mind the arrows, i.e. the arrow pointer in Unity is nice and practical, but the select text cursors are so hard to use when you have strings like "lll" and you need to select only one of them using a select cursorthat is probably 3 times wider than the character you want to select.

I am sure that I am not the only one who has noticed this difference while switching between Linux and Windows machines on a daily basis. It's especially annoying when the text you want to select is very small and the "sharp" select text cursor comes very handy.

Is there any legal reason why the DE for Linux do not provide the 1 px wide select text cursor.

UPDATE: This is what you can experience on Windows 7, but not on Linux ;(:

Dark text and light background

Dark text and light background

Light text on dark background

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Unusual mixed situation

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Some areas of the cursor will change the color based on the background enter image description here

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    I can't speak for the others, but KDE lets you pick whatever theme you want. I'm using Breeze's text cursor. It's three pixels wide (I think). The middle pixel is black, and the outer two are white. This is necessary, otherwise it'd be invisible on a black background. And no, AFAIK there is no patent on a one-pixel wide I-beam. – Sparhawk Oct 13 '15 at 9:15
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    I just went to the CNN website and to their footer which is black and my select text cursor was white. So, this is probably something with unability of Linux DE to change the cursor color based on the background? I am currently on Windows 7 with no theme enhancements. I have never had any problem selecting a text on a Windows machine, but I struggle with text selection on every Linux distribution with the default cursor set. It's one thing that I don't understand, because I am sure that i am not the only one who noticed this difference while switching between Linux and Windows machines. – John Doerthy Oct 13 '15 at 9:23
  • Huh… interesting. What happens if the top half of the beam is over a white background and the bottom half is over a black background? – Sparhawk Oct 13 '15 at 10:31
  • @Sparhawk it's hard to do, because the cursor is changing to an arrow as soon as I leave the text, but I will try to custom-style it via the developer debug tool and make a screenshot – John Doerthy Oct 13 '15 at 10:52
  • @Sparhawk Here is the screenshot of this unusual mixed situation in Windows where part of the cursor is on dark and part on light background: imgur.com/v2KVHRt – John Doerthy Oct 13 '15 at 11:01

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