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Re: My first DontZap use case while testing F11 beta

On 04/17/2009 08:38 PM, Anders Rayner-Karlsson wrote:
While I am not a representative figure of the user population, I had a
case today where:

Yes, but a new Linux user will not be able to do what you describe. They will try all things they can come up with, pressing the keyboard blindly etc., and finally press the reset button, or power cycle the computer.

I can not see that this is a good way to solve a problem where a few (!) persons accidentally have pressed ctrl-alt-backspace in the past.

Ctrl-alt-backspace *is* useful, and should, IMHO, be *on* by default, as it always has been. If upstream thinks otherwise, Fedora should be able to set it to on, as, as seen in this thread, and apparently in a lot of others, a lot of users are *against* removing this feature.

C-A-Bs is akin to Alt-SysRq-C if you have SysRq's enabled. The default
setting should be "off" so that people by accident can't trigger
it. If you need it - you get to enable it yourself. That is a sensible
default for a debug function.

How often does people actually accidentally press ctrl-alt-backspace? I have *never* done it.

I do not consider ctrl-alt-backspace a debug function. Sadly programs still hangs X once in a while, and having a keystroke available to press to kill X, when all you need to do is killing X, is good thing to have, and it should, IMHO, be available till we have a X that does not hang as often as it still does. Why having to reboot the machine when you actually only need to restart X? It does not make any sense, at least not to me.

Lars E. Pettersson <lars homer se>

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