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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RE: Jokes
by fossil on Sat 30th May 2009 14:16 UTC in reply to "Jokes"
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I don't remember anyone above saying GoboLinux (or its filesystem) is bad, much less "bad, bad, bad." One doubts that many people care.

More problematic is that while there were 5 Gobo releases between late 2002 and 2004, there have been only 3 since, the latest being on 3 March 2009. At the moment, it has the dubious distinction of having older packages (e.g. Firefox, OpenOffice) than Debian Lenny (what I am using to post) or Slackware! ;-) You seem to be a Gobo supporter, what's the deal?

More to the point, if "new and improved" filesystems like that of GoboLinux or Thom's proposal are so superior as to be compelling, why has there been no flood of imitators or joiners? People will adopt something with a demonstrable benefit, or simply a perceived benefit--whether it is real or not. It is not like Linux developers and users are reactionary conservatives.

Perhaps the Gobo or a similar system is a genius-level advance that should be adopted by everyone. However, it is not the responsibility of ordinary folks like myself to be geniuses, it is the responsibility of genius to explain and demonstrate its inventions in a way that make the tangible benefits clear to the rest of us.

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