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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EvilPixieMan
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2009-01-27

It's been done, by pretty much every OS out there except the Linux distros.

...said like that's some sort of an achievement. "pretty much every OS out there" is distributed by a vendor, in whose interest it is to define what constitutes the OS. In the case of the Linux ecosystem, what's part of the OS in one distro is not (and is therefore an application) in another. Out of 25,000 packages, most would need to have dual personalities, installed in a system location for some of the time, and in an application location the rest of the time.

GNU/Linux _is_ different, because it is an ecosystem not an OS.

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