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]: Do we care? Really?
by JMcCarthy on Tue 19th Aug 2008 08:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Do we care? Really?"
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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.

This has nothing to do with the existing file system standard, and everything to do with the distributitions package management system. If you were an advanced users you'd know this.

Many distributions already offer such functionality, especially in the form of libraries. all that needs to be done is to append a trailing version number and perhaps a utility which creates a symlink to the desired version.

You could just go /usr/local/ if your distro doesn't provide just functionality.

I thank God everday I use an operating system where I'm largely unaffected by the ideas of weiners. ;)

Edited 2008-08-19 08:55 UTC

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