Poll: Should Xorg change from using Ctrl+Alt+Backspace to something harder for users to press by accident?
jasonspiro4 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 22 20:49:35 PDT 2008
Igor Mozolevsky <igor <at> hybrid-lab.co.uk> wrote:
> Unfortunately, there's no cure for human
There's no cure, but there are workarounds.
> Doesn't CTRL+ALT+DELETE reboot the machine unconditionally?
Not usually. It used to reboot unconditionally way back. But, fifteen years
ago, when Windows 3.1 came out, Microsoft changed things so that Windows
users must press it twice to reboot. I suspect they did so to make it harder to
lose data by accident.
In Linux, Ctrl-Alt-Del reboots unconditionally only in console mode. Only
expert users use console mode. When X is running, on all my Linux machines,
Ctrl-Alt-Del brings up a "shutdown-or-reboot?" dialog instead. The vast
majority of Linux users run X.
^ . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Control-Alt-Delete ; full disclosure: the
Control-Alt-Delete detection feature required a 386 computer to work.
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