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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database backend
by 25bravo on Tue 19th Aug 2008 04:34 UTC
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2006-01-04

What they ought to do is implement a database backend for the file system.

Then each distribution can implement it's own hierarchy (be that Debian style or Gobo or whatevs) and then developers can choose to program with distribution independence by querying the database directly. Install as many versions of whatever program as you want. Install in userspace with different versions for each user.

One distro could even implement multiple front ends, allowing Ubuntu to install RedHat packages and vice versa.

(edit: Even add in a Gobo front end, just for the user to have a convenient view on to the file system, while letting vendors program to the RedHat frontend. Still same backend. Still all works.)

Edited 2008-08-19 04:39 UTC

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