Enable Restart X server (Ctrl-Alt-BackSpace) in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

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Since Ubuntu 9.10, X server kill/restart option via Ctrl-Alt-Backspace is disabled by default, to enable it in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneric Ocelot, follow the following approach. Click on the Ubuntu icon at top left corner and search for text “keyboard”. Launch the keyboard layout icon (first in search result as shown below)

Now on the Keyboard Layout window click on Options button

This opens the following Window, just tick the box in front of Key sequence to kill the X server (Control + Alt + Backspace) and you are done. Now you can restart the X-server by pressing the Control + Alt + Backspace key-sequence.

restart X-server


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