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[2]: Basic edumacation.
by Doc Pain on Sun 24th Aug 2008 21:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Basic edumacation."
Doc Pain
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I think you're giving end users more credit that they deserve.


I don't want to look like a bad guy, so I'd like to state this first: I've worked with users that were very smart at the beginning, e. g. those who came from a mainframe background or were developers, but after using /insert monopoly OS family here/ for more and more years, they developed into persons that you did describe, maybe in a not very nice way, but those people make up the majority of the users, at least from my individual point of view. Why do I think so? Because I've seen them, I've served them, they trampled on my nerves. :-)

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?).


No, because /insert monopoly OS family here/ propagates that you don't need to know (or to read) anything in order to use a computer.

If you think you're unfair to the users in characterizing most of them, feel free to read this:

http://www.rinkworks.com/stupid/

Lots of things are really stupid, but what scares me most is that I saw the stupidest things already.

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.


Hey, I wasted all my youth to read and to learn, should all this be useless now? :-)

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.


PC-BSD provides something similar with its PBI package system.

There are alot of things I'd love to see the opensource world copy from Irix, Amiga and MacOS X.


You said Irix. :-) Well, that's a UNIX system I really enjoyed using. All the power, but still a system that could be used with just atomic knowledge of computers. Of course, reading what's on the screen and a bit of common sense are very useful everywhere.

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