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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Sounds like RISC OS to me
by quatermass on Mon 25th Aug 2008 13:38 UTC
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The UK RISC OS system that was used by desktop PCs running a ARM processor was like that.

All folders can be renamed and put wherever the user wants. This allows the user really deep organising control.

If you want to install an app, you copy it from the source material. If you want to uninstall, you just delete it as all apps were self contained and were inside a folder. no hunting for other files to delete.

I believe Linux has a GUI shell which was based on RISC OS called ROX. You should give it a try.

Imagine being able to re-arrange all the folders in your root drive to suit the way the work you're currently doing is going.

Your desktop becomes so productive it was unreal. You didn't have to hunt to find things or wonder where the OS had put files. Because it's organised the way you like it. Not as a 3rd party developer decided.

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