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: Basic edumacation.
by kaiwai on Sun 24th Aug 2008 20:36 UTC in reply to "Basic edumacation."
kaiwai
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People are often smarter than designers (and CEOs of trendy computer/electronics companies) think.


I think you're giving end users more credit that they deserve. I've worked at a help desk, I'm currently a system administrator at my current place of employment and before that I worked selling and supporting computers as part of my own company - I can tell you that you have the optimism of youth.

The end user is a lemming, I've seen people who, after moving an icon slightly - they're completely clueless as what to do. I remember telling an end user to 'double click on internet explorer' and claimed it wasn't there - even though it was sitting on the desktop (do end users ever read what is on their screen or do they just randomly click stuff?). End users need to be educated from day one, but I go back to blaming a society which as embraced laziness and slovenly behaviour as the forte rather than people wanting to learn for the sake of learning. Then again, this is an entirely new topic altogether.

Back to the original article; MacOS X did it right; hide the traditional UNIX structure and have the applications end users run sitting in the Applications directory. There are alot of things I'd love to see the opensource world copy from Irix, Amiga and MacOS X. Copying doesn't mean you can't come up with good ideas - it is recognising that there is already a good idea and it makes little sense re-inventing the wheel for the sake of dogma.

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