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: Do we care? Really?
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 19th Aug 2008 05:08 UTC in reply to "Do we care? Really?"
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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.

It IS hindering forward progress. I'm an advanced user, and I want the ability to run multiple version of the same program side-by-side. I WANT to test out if that new version of Evolution really does fix more bugs than it introduces. I WANT to see if that new version of Gaim fixes a certain pet bug without breaking ten other things. In Linux, I can't do this.

I'm an advanced user, and when I look at the FSH, I still think "what the f--k is that about?". The argument that advanced users "should just learn how the FSH works" is completely nonsensical. It would be better if the standards put forth by the FSH were actually adhered to, but seeing every distribution just does whatever the hell pleases them anyway doesn't make it any easier. So, just because I'm an advanced user, I have to learn all the distribution-specific exceptions, and invest my extremely precious time in doing so?

Just because I'm an advanced user does not mean I do not want logic, structure, and cleanliness. The FSH doesn't give me any of those.

Edited 2008-08-19 05:19 UTC

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