AHA -- there's the part I neglected to remember/note! Thank you grissiom;
I have yet to 'deal with' anything HAL-related. HAL is entirely new to me, and since things are 'mostly' working as yet, I have not taken the time to do any research or configuration on HAL.
(This is assuming I actually have to put the key-combination into the HAL file; if I do not because it's already there, then it's still not working
but if I actually need to add it myself, this thread can be considered [solved] until I learn otherwise.)
I do have the same HAL package as the changelog mentions, and Xorg-server is 1.6.2-build-1, so I'm ----
OK, I have options in my xorg.conf which cause HAL to skip my input devices, and I think this is why it is ignoring my CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE. I put the options so I wouldn't have to deal with HAL yet
and lo and behold I've snaggled myself as a result!
The option(s) I am using are the bold ones(s):
Option "Xinerama" "1"
# Option "AutoAddDevices" "False"
Option "AllowEmptyInput" "False"
Looks like I will need to deal with HAL after all.