Restarting Xserver from cli

Mario Vukelic mario.vukelic at
Wed Mar 18 19:50:54 UTC 2009

On Wed, 2009-03-18 at 15:44 -0400, Bart Silverstrim wrote:
> Why are you reaching for control-alt-del? In windows, you can 
> what...change your password, run task manager (right click task bar for 
> that),...log off...? 

And lock the screen.

> Good thing X is totally integrated with the Linux kernel the way Windows 
> is. As I recall the more integrated Microsoft made it, the more flak 
> they got for making it easier for drivers to ruin their security model.

Yeah, except that AFAICT this has nothing whatsoever to do with catching
a key combo in the kernel and advising X to do something sensible (as
long as it still can). Though IANAKD (kernel dev)

> Never had to. It's always worked that way. 

So. Now that's a really weak argument.

> If this is in a future 
> release, it's because someone wants to change something that works fine 
> the way it is, and now wants to add a new "feature" that will make it 
> just a little more of a bitch when moving between distros.

Or has someone else but only experts in mind ...

> Blame yourself if you do that. 
> If the C-A-B is killing users, set an option to disable it, not vice-versa.

It's fine not to have any clue about usability design, but it's not fine
to use that as a basis to make usability decisions.

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