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[4]: Do we care? Really?
by DrillSgt on Tue 19th Aug 2008 17:24 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Do we care? Really?"
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"The example is meant not about LaTeX per se (which I like and use every day) but about where it is normally installed, and how the OS interfaces with the user in ways that make no sense except to insiders, when alternative conventions are available."

You are right, I did miss your point. In another post I mentioned the reason behind the different bin directories, /bin and /usr/bin specifically is what I mentioned. I definitely agree it would be much easier and less confusing to have a single /bin directory. It could be called whatever you wanted it to, though to me bin (short for binary) makes sense, as it tells me there are binary files in that directory. The names all came from the days when you had to use short names. The only thing I am adverse to is making it like other systems because people refuse to learn.

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