Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jun 2012 22:55 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes "Whenever there is a conversation about the future of computing, is discussion inevitably turns to the notion of a 'File'. After all, most tablets and phones don't show the user anything that resembles a file, only Apps that contain their own content, tucked away inside their own opaque storage structure. This is wrong. Files are abstraction layers around content that are necessary for interoperability. Without the notion of a File or other similar shared content abstraction, the ability to use different applications with the same information grinds to a halt, which hampers innovation and user experience." Aside from the fact that a file manager for Android is just a click away, and aside from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept. One of my biggest gripes with iOS is just how user-hostile the operating system it when it comes to getting stuff - whatever stuff - to and from the device.
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RE[5]: Comment by tupp
by henderson101 on Sat 30th Jun 2012 10:03 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by tupp"
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Files are essential to any computer that uses a file system....


EXACTLY!

But a Filesystem is an entirely human solution to the problem of data storage. Storing data does not *require* a file system. This is the leap you are making, and you are wrong. File systems only suit those systems that want to expose data storage to a human. Hierarchical file systems even more so. Look at the way Palm did it with Palm OS. There was no file system, all "files" we're actually databases of resources, these lived in memory and were directly edited, not cached. The original Mac had a file system, but what you saw was only half the picture. Again, a file was forked, had a data fork and a resource fork and OFS had no hierarchical notions at all.

The whole notion of files and storage comes from the original sequential storage on magnetic tape. Where there was no option but to store as a single block of data.

Also, to address your claims about fragmentation - nice try. No, look at the physical storage on a hard drive at an inode level. It's rare for an entire file to be a contiguous block of inodes. Depends on the file system dynamics, but a file could be split across multiple sectors quite easily. Especially something larger than a few hundred megabytes.

Go read a book. The Domonic Giampaolo one is a free download. Google it.

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