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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by sorpigal on Sat 23rd Aug 2008 23:36 UTC
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A redesign of the FHS is desperately needed and obviously beneficial, but it in no way should be undertaken with the goal in mind that it be made easier for average users to understand. A curse upon the average user and a world that caters to his fickle whim! The real FS should not be deliberately hidden nor made artificially 'friendlier'. Doing so would be partly both useless and harmful.

The FHS should be systematically rethought. It should be deliberately designed, this time, to serve the purposes for which it is now used in a manner which is structured, logical and consistent. As long as the structure is logical and the purpose of and place for every thing is made clear then it really doesn't matter if Joe Average Used To Use Windows And Thinks My Documents Is The Computer can fathom it or not. People who *need* to understand it will find it easier and less stressful, people who *don't* need to use it will continue to be as oblivious as ever.

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