For gnome-shell, this has worked for at least the past year. Probably
By "this" I mean selecting gnome-tweak-tool > Windows > Window Action Key = Alt
The fact that Alt is not the default is a different issue. See bug
** Changed in: gnome-shell (Ubuntu)
Status: Confirmed => Fix Released
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Alt+mouse move doesn't drag window any more
Status in gnome-shell package in Ubuntu:
Status in metacity package in Ubuntu:
Under Ubuntu 14.04 beta, in Gnome Flashback Session with Metacity, the
Alt hotkey doesn't work anymore for moving windows. In Ubuntu 12.04
pressing Alt key and clicking into a window could be used to move the
window; this doesn't work anymore.
The shortcut key can be changed away from Alt to Super (Windows) key,
eg. using gnome-tweak-tool (Window -> Window Action Key).
Interestingly, when configuring Super key, it actually works when
pressing the Super key; but when configuring the Alt key it doesn't
The key can also be changed directly in dconf-editor, under
org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences.mouse-button-modifier. This allows to
set other keys than Alt and Super; and eg. configuring <Ctrl> actually
makes the Control key usable as Window Action Key; but again when
configuring <Alt> the Alt key cannot be used for window movement.
This also affects the other actions available via the window action
key (window resizing, and opening window context menu).
This is with Ubuntu 14.04 beta (x86_64), in Virtualbox, with metacity
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