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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So, /etc could have the 'humane' name '/settings' or '/system settings'.

But how does that improve the situation for non-English speaking users? Seems to me it only makes it worse for them, or we have to use some sort of an abstraction layer on top of FHS for language-specific directory names.

All of this talk about human-readable directory names seems to imply that linux users should all learn English, in order to simplify things for English speaking users.

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