Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Aug 2008 23:33 UTC, submitted by Charles Wilson
Editorial GoboLinux is a distribution which sports a different file system structure than 'ordinary' Linux distributions. In order to remain compatible with the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard, symbolic links are used to map the GoboLinux tree to standard UNIX directories. A post in the GoboLinux forums suggested that it might be better to turn the concept around: retain the FHS, and then use symbolic links to map the GoboLinux tree on top of it. This sparked some interesting discussion. Read on for more details.
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Do we care? Really?
by jaylaa on Tue 19th Aug 2008 00:47 UTC
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I've been using Linux for several years now, and I'm past the stage where I like to tinker around just for fun. Now, I just use it to do work. And play. And guess what? I almost never find myself in parts of the filesystem besides my home directory.

I don't care where the package manager puts stuff. As long as an entry shows up in the applications menu. In fact, I just don't care about the structure much at all. And a lot of other future Linux users will be the same.

If developers feel something needs to be improved about the filesystem hierarchy, if its hindering forward progress, then by all means, improve it. But saying that it needs to be changed because its confusing to "regular" users is silly, IMO.

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