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]: Inertia and stupidity
by dagw on Tue 19th Aug 2008 12:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Inertia and stupidity"
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I'd love to see 100 of the smartest programmers in the opensource community throw up their hands, embrace Plan 9 and turn it into a viable desktop alternative.

What specifically do you see Plan9 offering that cannot be added to existing platforms and that will make it a superior platform for a desktop OS.

Take into account that the main things holding Linux back on the desktop is not the kernel, but apps and drivers.

but I kinda expected a van guard of programmers working on the bleeding edge with freaky ideas rather than simply pounding out code in the 'same old way'.

There are several open source and/or free Operating systems out there that are working on all kinds of bleeding edge and freaky ideas. Basically they all come to the same conclusion, doing things in a new and totally different way is Very Hard and takes Very Long Time to make work well enough for regular use.

The big advantage with Unix is that it's tried, tested and most of the basic problems are already solved leaving developers open to work on new and exciting things on top of a solid platform. Not everybody wants to code their own network stack and NIC driver before they get to develop a new network protocol.

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