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: Comment by Luminair
by dagw on Sun 24th Aug 2008 22:53 UTC in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
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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.


Car engines used to be basically so simple that anyone with reasonable mechanical aptitude could fix most problems. Then people started making demands like more horse power, lower weight, lower emissions, better fuel efficiency etc. So to accommodate all this engines needed to be more complicated.

So yea, car engines could be a lot simpler, but most people didn't want that, they wanted features.

Same with software, sure it could be more simple and stable and with less bugs, but at the expense of features. Most people aren't willing to make that trade off.

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