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 Luminair on Sun 24th Aug 2008 09:57 UTC
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I have had the same thought thom, especially since gobolinux came out.

If a car engine could be so simple that anyone could fix it, would you build it that way? I would. I don't want to need a car mechanic to fix my engine.

So why not do the same with software? Car engines are not as malleable as software. Software we can make to do almost anything we want. It doesn't have to fit into a certain shape or size anymore. Possibilities may be limited only by imagination and ambition.

So why not build software so it doesn't require a mechanic to fix it? The real reason is "change is hard."

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