In a bizarre turn of events, GNOME’s accessibility options suddenly made my desktop unusable.

If you hold down the Shift key for a number of seconds, GNOME will helpfully turn on the slow keys accessibility option, which causes each key press to require around one second to register. Needless to say, the result was massive confusion.

For reference, in MS Windows, an accessibility option being turned on via keyboard shortcut is followed by an obnoxious alert sound and a message box telling you what just happened and how to turn the option—plus optionally its shortcut—off.

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