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Get back CTRL-ALT-Backspace in Fedora and Ubuntu

Sep 20, 2010, 15:03 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"Being an old-school Linux user, one of the things that bothers me is that in some of the new distributions the CTRL-ALT-Backspace key combination (the combination that would usually kill and restart the X server) has been disabled. This key combination was always helpful when/if a program seemed to take over X Windows and keep you from getting it back. It doesn't happen often, but I have found that no matter how stable the distribution, some rogue app is going to do this now and then. And when it does happen, I want that magic key combination to work.

"In this article I am going to show you the steps in both Fedora 13 and Ubuntu 10.04 to get this combination back. It's actually an easy process, you just have to know the precise places where to look for the configurations."

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