Posted Apr 6, 2009 21:48 UTC (Mon) by yoe (subscriber, #25743)
Parent article: Shortening the rope
There's a pretty useful use case for ctrl-alt-backspace: "I'm running a broken driver which fucked up my screen and now I can't do much anymore", "I'm running a broken application which first locked my screen for keyboard and/or mouse input, and now I can't do anything else anymore", etc. The ability to reinitialize a session by just killing the X server is a pretty useful feature in my opinion, which I don't want to lose.
Having said that, yes, I've also on occasion lost some data when accidentally hitting that key sequence, so I quite understand the reasons for this change.