Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Nov 2010 22:40 UTC, submitted by rhyder
Linux "For a fairly scruffy looking guy, I have a surprisingly healthy approach to organising my files. However, I'm constantly pushing up against the limitations of a system that is based around directories. I'm convinced that Linux needs to make greater use of tagging, but I'm also beginning to wonder if desktop Linux could abandon the hierarchical directory structure entirely."
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To sum it up...
by Neolander on Fri 5th Nov 2010 06:51 UTC
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-Tags make file organization a nightmare once you use too much. But it takes a lot of mastery to only use a few tags. So I'm not sure that for the average guy, this would really be an improvement.
-Tagging files at hand is a very lengthy process compared with giving a name and creating a directory hierarchy. Automatically tagging files is doable, but error-prone once it gets a bit fine-grained.
-Tag discoverability is poor once there are many tags around, so it's more of a companion for search than a companion for hierarchy.
-More over, too many people and programs are used to hierarchical storage for such a breakthrough change in the way files are organized.

So in my opinion, a better idea would be to offer an automatically-generated hierarchy in order to make search functionalities more discoverable.

Say, if I look for music, I go in Search/Music. That folder full of symlinks is automatically updated by the indexing service, with the hierarchies I like (Artist/Album/Title, Genre/Artist/Title...). If I look for documents, I go in Search/Documents and can search by date of last modification, document type (PDF, Word processing, Slides...), and so on.

Current search functionalities only work properly when you know the name of the file by heart. In my opinion, a search functionality which allows finding a long-lost file through a more thematic search would be more interesting.

Edited 2010-11-05 06:59 UTC

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