Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th May 2009 19:17 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Ask OSNews is apparently quite popular among you guys; the questions just keep on coming in. Since David took on the first two, we decided to let me handle this one - it's an area I've personally covered before on OSNews: file system layouts. One of our readers, a Linux veteran, studied the GoboLinux effort to introduce a new filesystem layout, and wondered: "Why not adopt the more sensible file system from GoboLinux as the new LSB standard?"
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Mac OS 9
by grabberslasher on Thu 28th May 2009 23:04 UTC
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I do believe Mac OS 9 and earlier (the classic Mac OS) got the filesystem structure aspect mostly right.

There was an Applications folder and a System folder in the root level of the HD. To install kernel extensions all you needed to do was drag said extension into the Extensions folder in System (or merely the System folder, and it actually moved it into the right subfolder on your behalf and informed you what was going on). Same for fonts, etc.

It was a very simple system that was self-explanatory, and even the most novice users could actually do these things (install a font or extension). There were no fancy installers needed (although eventually developers did so), and you didn't have to worry about where to find things as it was clearly labelled (with different icons for each of the important System subfolders).

I'd love for some of that simplicity to return

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