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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too much fuss
by l3v1 on Tue 19th Aug 2008 06:23 UTC
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My problem is that generally those are who complain the most about linux directories, naming and location, who actually don't use their system for anything useful, and have large amounts of time on their hands, and with nothing better to do, start complaining about issues many of us never cared about. When I have my Linux set up and my apps installed, messing around among the directories outside my home is so rare I couldn't even give you a number on that. And I'm pretty confident in that I use my Linux more time and for more things than most complainers.

As regarding Gobo, I tried it, more than once. First, dropping a load of links on top of a Linux directory structure is stupid, and it feels wrong, very wrong. Second, loooong names of those links and using capitals, come on, what's that all about ? Never should you put the wish to be like somebody else before practicality. Use whatever names you like in your home, but leave the system directory structure alone.

One more thing, some also stated above, those who come to know the Linux directories enough are generally those, who know enough not to complain about such issues. They can live with it, I can live with it.

Thing is, if properly done - not with a bunch of stupid links - I wouldn't mind if directory names would change. It just doesn't matter. Not a freaking bit. That's why this whole debate just leaves me wondering about what these people spend their time with.

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