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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Simplification often increases complexity
by cycoj on Sun 24th Aug 2008 00:12 UTC
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What a lot of the people here who complain about the complexity or inconsistency of the FHS don't realise, reordering actually increases complexity in a lot of cases. Take the suggestion of creating a /settings
directory and a /data directory and then have subdirectories for each user. First, how do you decide what is data what is setting? You will end up with inconsistencies. Second why does anyone think it's a good idea to keep user settings and data separate, it complicates backups for one. Or what if you want your personal things to be on a portable drive, now you have to worry about 2 directories instead of one. For what benefit? I could come up with lot more examples.

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