Trivial questions about CNTL-ALT-DEL and CNTL-ALT-BACKSPACE

Warren Block wblock at
Mon Nov 16 04:18:39 UTC 2009

On Mon, 16 Nov 2009, Polytropon wrote:

> On Mon, 16 Nov 2009 02:21:28 +0200, Manolis Kiagias <sonicy at> wrote:
>> Just the fact that I now have to edit an xml file to simply add a Greek
>> keyboard layout is annoying enough.
> The fact that annoys me is that configuration seems to have
> disassembled into several parts that are not located in a
> central file (such as xorg.conf has been); I have no problem
> with editing text files if I need to, but now it's getting
> somewhat complicated - I'm not confortable with the fact that
> FreeBSD is (getting) complicated, I always loved it because
> everything is so simple.

But xorg is not FreeBSD, so this is an unreasonable statement.  FreeBSD 
is simple.  X has never been particularly simple, and the fact that 
complexity grows over time is nothing new, either.

> But I am not complaining! :-) I've been told that those changes
> are absolutely needed to design the creation of new software
> more efficiently and cheaper; this is often confused with "bloat",
> but it's not, it's evolution! And there's no way around.

Of course there is: if you're happy with the state of your software, 
stop there!  Don't upgrade.  Don't replace what's working with something 

That option is usually more difficult than it initially seems.  The rest 
of the world tends to keep on evolving.

> I would be more happy if things would really get better, or
> even not worse, but sadly, they seem to. Software gets slower
> as well as less accessible - Gtk 2, used by many programs, is
> a good (bad) example. Am I supposed to buy new computer to replace
> perfectly running systems just to keep the "overall usage speed"
> of everything at the same level?

As above, you don't *have* to upgrade.  Keep the old software, and the 
old hardware will run it.

Like everybody, I grumble about changes that don't seem to improve 
things at the user level.  But I try to remember that without change, 
nothing can improve.

It's also worth remembering that open source projects like xorg give the 
users the rare privilege of being able to make a difference.  Test code, 
provide hardware, document bugs or fixes, do or fund development.

-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA

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