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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RE[2]: Much ado about nothing
by cycoj on Tue 19th Aug 2008 03:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Much ado about nothing"
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This conversation is starting to sound like the intemperate stamping of feet the hardcore command-line interface users made when GUIs came along, because remembering all those cryptic commands was soooo much easier than point-and-click.

"/etc is much friendlier than "Documents and Settings" or "Program Files" for the people that actually care (sysadmins and programmers mostly).

Friendlier to whom? for the home user and budding programmer who'd like to experiment with his system settings? for the starting grad student who needs to type up his thesis? or for the power user who has become accustomed to the status quo and wishes all the n00bs would realize that computers are for grownups?

I'd argue friendlier for everyone.

What do you think that programmer, grad student or power user actually want to do? If he wants to manually change some settings remembering that /etc is where system settings are being kept isn't that hard. If he actually wants to try using the cli one day (oh my god the cli!!) He'll be happy that the directory is called /etc and not /Documents\ and\ Settings.
What else would you want to do? Move things around in /usr or /usr/lib? Why? If you have the need to do this, you surely are able to find our what the directories are for before you do.

This whole discussion again sounds like: "I want Unix to be like windows because it so much more user friendly! (because I'm used to the windows way)"
The way the Unix filesystem is set up makes a lot more sense than windows, ever tried to keep your settings on another drive, maybe even switch between 2 different set of system settings? Hell it's already a pain in the ass to keep your user data and settings on a different partition.

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