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: Solving the wrong problem
by tupp on Tue 19th Aug 2008 07:11 UTC in reply to "Solving the wrong problem"
tupp
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2006-11-12

Filsystem hierarchy should not matter to the user, at least not the parts that deals with installed software. The user should just need to know that he adds new functionality, he shouldn't need to know where the files actually goes.


Disagree strongly.

The biggest usability blunder in the history of computer GUIs is the intentional hiding of the directories from the user by Apple (and, later, by Microsoft).

The directory structure is an important mapping model of the system, and shielding the user from this mapping has created a generation of helpless, clueless users, who have to call technical support every time they try to download an attachment from Yahoo mail.

In regards to computer usability, it is extremely beneficial for the user to know the basic locations and relative positions of the software and data.

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