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Re: F11: xorg decision to disable Ctrl-Alt-Backspace

On Sun, 29 Mar 2009, Matthew Garrett wrote:

No. The patch was written and committed by Daniel Stone, who is not an
Ubuntu developer. The issue was discussed with the Fedora X maintainers
before it was merged. Everyone involved agreed that not having a
keystroke that caused immediate data loss was a sensible idea.

When my laptop would run out of memory, due to Firefox and pidgin and
openoffice, I could always hit ctrl-alt-bckspace to NOT have data loss
behind my session. Now you're telling me I need to power cycle my
machine, causing a HIGHER change of data loss.

Let's be honest here, the change is not made to protect people against
data loss. It's being made for emacs users at the expense of everyone

The best solution would be to find a new key combination that works for
everyone. sysctl might be the best method here. If that is also not done,
that the third best choice would be to have an easy way to edit this option
in /etc/sysconfig. Requiring an xorg.conf just for this feature wil just
cause those people more harm later on, when having an xorg.conf just for
this will bite them with something unrelated.

Remember, opensource is about giving people a choice, not limiting people's


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