F11: xorg decision to disable Ctrl-Alt-Backspace

Gerry Reno greno at verizon.net
Sat Mar 28 14:55:37 UTC 2009

Dan Nicholson wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 10:31 PM, Arthur Pemberton <pemboa at gmail.com> wrote:
>> [2] http://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/xorg/2008-September/038786.html
> The poll was meaningless; that thread just captures people's
> sentiments. When the patch was committed, it was because the X
> developers had been talking about it for a long time as being the
> right thing to do.
The X developers had been talking about without ANY community input.  
That makes for very bad decisions.  They didn't even realize that people 
expect the Ctrl-Alt-Backspace to be available to them as it has for 
decades.  What is left unsaid is that there a lot of emacs users in 
Xorg.  Despite the fact that they sign as "a vim user",  they're all vim 
users but mostly emacs users,  and that's not the same as signing "not 
an emacs user".

I've opened a thread on xorg-devel and have been getting nothing but 
ridiculous arguments in response.  Mostly like, "well *I* accidentally 
killed my X server while I was typing".  Total nonsense.  This is all 
about a tiny minority of Emacs users, mostly inside Xorg itself 
introducing a change that has a large to impact to the overall Xorg 
community and all for the benefit of just the tiny Emacs community.  
That completely wrong and is bad stewardship.
Fedora needs to see this change for what it really is and reject it.  We 
need to continue the historical default behavior for Ctrl-Alt-Backspace 
that users and sysadmins have counted on for decades without 
organizations and users needing to install special setups in xorg.conf 
which is a completely unnecessary bother and a waste of time and resources.


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