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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RE: Not so fast...
by sorpigal on Sun 24th Aug 2008 12:08 UTC in reply to "Not so fast..."
sorpigal
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Really, why does it matter? Why does it matter if firefox is in /usr/bin or /usr/local/bin? As long as both are in your $PATH you don't need to know anyway. The only times I can think of that I needed to know where an executable was, I was doing things no "average user" would do.


Most of what you say is great, but I take some issue with this. It doesn't matter to the user where their binaries are, for the most part, but it ought to matter to system designers, developers and packagers. Currently there's not enough agreement. My favorite example: games.

I think improving the logic and consistency of where things are placed and what those places are named would be good for Linux. It would improve matters for people who have to deal with it every day and it would ease more "average users" into "power users", make learning easier, which makes hacking easier, which will lead to more free software.

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