The new logout design can cause unwanted reboots

Mackenzie Morgan macoafi at
Wed Apr 1 14:40:00 UTC 2009

On Wednesday 01 April 2009 6:22:22 am Vincenzo Ciancia wrote:
> Hi all,
> I recall that ctrl+alt+backspace was disabled because it can be hit
> accidentally. A similar thing happened to me; I experienced an unwanted
> reboot and it's not so pleasant, even if I didn't loose any work.
> I hit ctrl+alt+canc by "mistake" that is, trying to do something else; I
> likely had some full screen window, hence the popup must have finished
> below other windows. I have a decent monitor now (19'') and I didn't
> actually see the flashing down in the bar (it's really too few
> contrasted for LCD monitors, I am looking at it now). Then after the
> timeout it turned off my system. 

What about still having it come on top, but do the countdown to enable the "OK 
go ahead" button like Firefox does with installing add-ons?  That'd also 
prevent accidentally clicking it.

Also, just wondering...I've never seen a cancel button on a keyboard...what 
locale has that?

> With the extremely high focus on usability that ubuntu has, it is
> impossible that we don't have a better solution: I see the need for a
> confirmation pop-up, I see the need to have it unfocused to avoid
> hitting it by mistake, I don't quite see the need for a timeout (I hate
> it) but I assume that it had some planning and there are reasons for
> that, 

Probably so that when people hit "shut down" and expect it to do what they say 
not bother them with extra dialogs and things (some people have that 
expectation, I'm one) and just shove the laptop into their bag as is it 
doesn't keep running and 1) overheat 2) kill the battery.

Mackenzie Morgan
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