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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Much ado about nothing
by leos on Tue 19th Aug 2008 02:38 UTC
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This is a complete non-issue. Like aylaa said, the system handles the files outside of home. If a general user has to care, the system is broken. Hell even Windows tries to keep you out of those directories (by displaying warning messages when you open folders like Program Files). If you're a sysadmin, it's really not hard to learn where stuff is. Keeping track of system files is what the computer is good at, let it do that and don't worry about it.

The article claims that "The three letter directory names in UNIX-like operating systems are a relic of the past that should have died out and rotten away a long time ago" but gives no reason for it. /etc is much friendlier than "Documents and Settings" or "Program Files" for the people that actually care (sysadmins and programmers mostly). Hell its 2008 and there are _still_ programs that have trouble with spaces. There probably always will be, and having the main directories without spaces avoids the entire issue. I'm still waiting to hear an actual reason outside of "its ugly".

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