Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 23:17 UTC
Fedora Core Good news from the Linux world. Fedora has announced its intention to drastically alter the file system layout of its Linux distribution. The plan's been out for a while, but was brought to my attention by Brian Proffitt (still the best name ever) over at ITWorld. The gist is to move all binaries to /usr/bin, and all libraries to /usr/lib and /user/lib64.
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RE: not sure if I like this
by vidarh on Fri 4th Nov 2011 10:05 UTC in reply to "not sure if I like this"
vidarh
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2011-10-14

While I have nothing against simplicity or change, I am not sure I like this. These folders were separated out for reasons.


Yes, they were, and the Fedora page addresses that. They were separated out to be able to boot before /usr is available. That can be easily taken care of by initramfs today, so there's no justification for keeping lots of stuff in /bin, /sbin etc. these days.

/usr has a long tradition of being for stuff that should be possible to mount read-only from a directory shared amongst multiple servers, so it makes sense to try to keep as much as possible of the system there.

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