F11: xorg decision to disable Ctrl-Alt-Backspace

Gerry Reno greno at verizon.net
Fri Mar 27 20:31:25 UTC 2009

I was reading through the F11A Release Notes when I came across this:

    "The key combination Ctrl-Alt-Backspace to kill the X server has 
been disabled by default as a decision of the upstream Xorg project."

Having to deal with many servers and workstations in a company it is 
crucial that Ctrl-Alt-Backspace be enabled by default.  There are times 
when your KVM has lost mouse control or X is in a tight loop and 
something like Ctrl-Alt-Backspace can save the situation.  This is much 
more common than the uncommon cases that are illustrated as to why this 
has been removed as default.

Ctrl-Alt-Backspace needs to be restored as the "default" and Emacs users 
or others that find themselves in conflict with Java expressions can 
just disable it for their very limited purpose.


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