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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what is wrong with FHS?
by dgoemans on Sat 23rd Aug 2008 17:33 UTC
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2008-08-23

Other than the odd folder names, i really dont see anything wrong with FHS. Maybe making the names slightly more human readable, like kristoph suggested would be good, but i _really_ like having all executable files in a single folder, and all libraries in a single folder.
In windows it can be a challenge to find your application, since Program Files often contains names of companies, and when you do find its folder, it often contains other junk with it, like dll's that mean nothing to an average end user.
i prefer having all libraries in their own place, so that as a programmer i know what i have access to. stuff like /etc and /dev could be nicer, but the structure is still very sound to me.
my only gripe would be that some programs use weird directories, like /usr/local/firefox, and /opt/gnome. I agree in setting a standard, but I think GoboLinux's way is trying to be like Windows in a way that isn't really relevant to end users.

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