blfssvn-20090928 Problems installing Xorg 7.4

William Tracy afishionado at
Wed Oct 21 14:47:05 PDT 2009

FWIW, I was on the Xorg mailer at the time that the decision was made
to make these changes.

The rationale was: The default screen with the weave background and
giant "X" cursor was ugly, and pretty should be the default--users
shouldn't see something ugly while waiting for the WM to load.
Apparently solid black with no pattern and no cursor is pretty.

Also, some people hit ctrl+alt+backspace by accident, lost all the
stuff they hadn't saved, and complained. Apparently there are some
laptop keyboards out there somewhere that make that combination easy
to hit by accident.

The changes were quite controversial but they went through anyway.

William Tracy
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