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
1713650 instead.

** 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:
  Fix Released
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Bug description:
  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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