Fwd: Is disabling ctrl-alt-backspace really such a good idea?

Mackenzie Morgan macoafi at gmail.com
Wed Feb 11 01:57:00 UTC 2009

On Tue, 2009-02-10 at 19:06 -0500, John Moser wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 10:57 AM, Justin M. Wray
> <wray.justin.ubuntu at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Even if a new user is unfamiliar with the key combination, it only takes a little education OR them doing it once. Lessons are learned hard.
> >
> This is poorly conceived thinking, but switching it off is straight up
> naive.  "This is a power user tool and can accidently happen, and is
> bad when accidents happen, so let's take it away."  Knee-jerk reaction
> to dumb down the system.
> The correct solution is not dead-simple to implement, but it works:
> When you C-A-B, grab the whole screen and put up a confirmation dialog
> like gksudo does. 

Not dead-simple...in fact: impossible!  The point of C-A-B is when X has
crashed or locked.  It by definition cannot do what you are suggesting
in such a situation.

I'm still in favor of OpenSUSE's way.  And this was already discussed on
ubuntu-devel.  It seemed that many agreed that either "press & hold" or
"press twice" (a la OpenSUSE) were good ways to do it, with "press
twice" having the discoverability bonus of "it didn't work so try again"
and the code bonus of already existing.

Mackenzie Morgan
apt-get moo

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