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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changing the file system
by fossil on Fri 29th May 2009 04:35 UTC
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I have read the above posts and gone to the GoboLinux site to read a bit more there. As I understand it, (and I'm an intermediate-level user not a developer or expert) is that a massive change is being proposed to "fix" the Linux file system. Perhaps my understanding is deficient, but what I have not seen is a demonstration that the file system is broken. Why fix something that is not broken? The Gobo developer's remarks (which someone linked above) did not seem to be a call to for a file system revolution, either. Those with the need to muck around in /etc, /usr/local /boot or whatever should take the trouble to learn what is where, and why. If not... well, c'est la vie.

Someone who is really interested will take the time and make the effort to learn. I knew 0.000 about Linux, BSD or any other any 'nix till I was 52 (7 yrs back), but learned enough to function comfortably in Linux and semi-comfortably in FreeBSD -once I made the effort.

The idea that ordinary users would learn more about their "confusers" if only the O/S file system layouts were revolutionized seems implausible. As others have pointed out above, most folks just want the damn box to function predictably-just like their toasters, and have no more interest in O/S internals than toaster internals. I have a friend who is a reasonably proficient Windows user, who has reformatted a hard drive and reinstalled Windows + drivers more or less from scratch (have even 1 in 100 Windows users done this?), but did not know how to delete a file without it going to the Recycle Bin first. That is an above average user.

Interesting idea, but the point really escapes me. Putting xorg.conf .xinitrc or menu.lst in a directory with a different, longer name just makes for a lot more typing if I'm at a command prompt. ;) Fails for me. YMMV.

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