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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GoboLinux is *almost* perfect
by giddie on Tue 19th Aug 2008 15:42 UTC
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I've been using GoboLinux for several years now on my home server and also in Parallels for testing Linux compatibility for work. I really love it. It is almost perfect, and its flexibility really makes my life easier, but I just couldn't quite switch to it for general use.

As I see it, the real problem is software installation. It's great to have programs organised in directories under /Programs, but I'd like to create my own hierarchy.../Programs/Media, /Programs/PIM, /Users/me/Programs/LatestAlphaSoftware etc... There are ways of working around this, but GoboLinux isn't really designed with that in mind. In the meantime, I'm working on a tool that will make it possible to move & reorganise bundles, a bit like in MacOS X.

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