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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Please. We don't really want to localize a system hierarchy, isn't it?

Do you imagine how things start to become terribly complex and fragmented if each computer can have a different name for the /settings directory, based on its locale? And what about people using more than one locale?

(begin rant) Probably I don't get it because I simply don't understand the real point of localization. It seems a terrible waste of time to me. Computers are tools. Tools should need knowledge to be used. One of these knowledges is (basic) English language.

To want to live in the modern world and to want to use modern technology without knowing the current Worldspeak -that is, English- is utterly beyond my comprehension.

The time spent localizing could be much better spent by teaching people needing localization proper English.

Notice that I am not of English mother tongue -I am Italian, in fact, living in Italy- so this is not "who cares about non-AngloSaxons" talk. (end rant)

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