Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Aug 2008 15:37 UTC
Editorial Earlier this week, we ran a story on GoboLinux, and the distribution's effort to replace the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard with a more pleasant, human-readable, and logical design. A lot of people liked the idea of modernising/replacing the FHS, but just as many people were against doing so. Valid arguments were presented both ways, but in this article, I would like to focus on a common sentiment that came forward in that discussion: normal users shouldn't see the FHS, and advanced users are smart enough to figure out how the FHS works.
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users, who are they ?
by l3v1 on Sat 23rd Aug 2008 17:08 UTC
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who generally believe that it are the users who should control and understand their computers and the software that runs on them, instead of big, greedy, and scary corporations

The problem is not that FOSS people don't want "the people" to use, understand, control, ... their software. The problem pops up when larger number of people start using the OS who don't understand how it works, but enjoy considering themselves professionals, and from time to time they can come up with pretty delusive ideas about how things should work. Don't tell me a sane developer would consider an ad-hoc bunch of links dropped upon a file system to be anything worth even thinking about seriously, let alone introducing it into the OS.

I'm not against any change for the better in any aspect of my earthly life, which includes the Linux file/directory hierarchy to an extent - a very small one, but still. But when I see that change to lead into a smokey cloud which is not even a bit thinner than the one we're currently in, then I really don't feel the need to be enthusiastic about it.

And again, about users being or not in control: that does not depend on how their system directories are spread all over their drives, not the smallest bit. Does the current one represent the best possibility ? No. Do we need something else ? Maybe, if it's proven to be better and not just by the "professionals" but also by the professionals. Would the average user crowd care about the change ? Absolutely not. All they would notice is that these crazy people didn't even deliver yet the best OS, but they still keep changing parts of it most won't even notice, they'll just wonder what the fuss was all about.

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