After downloading and installing updated XFree86
(XFree86*3.3.5-1.5.x.i386.rpm), the backspace key no longer
functions in that capacity. All applications EXCEPT for
xterms (and other terminals) appear to be affected -
specific examples include Netscape Communicator (version
4.70) and gEdit (version 0.5.1 for GNOME 1.0.53). Instead,
it functions as a delete key.
Have been unable to find a workaround for this problem.
System is RedHat 5.2 with all updates, using 2.2 kernel.
create a .Xmodmap file with the line:
keycode 22 = BackSpace
in it and restart, or make sure that you don't have an XkbDisable directive
uncommented in your /etc/X11/XF86Config file.