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from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept.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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Turing Machines do not have files
by olafg on Sat 30th Jun 2012 12:24 UTC
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Hence... Files are not fundamental to computing.

I only care about files when I write makefiles. But thats because the tools are oldfashioned. The IDE and compiler should be more integrated. Files should not exist, only semantic constructs stored in a DB. This is necessary for efficient incremental compilation anyway

With 64 bit address space and SSD the unix filesystem has become obsolete. The APPS should provide services that let you pull out resouces and keep the device synced with cloud storage.

The filesystem is going away... But that will take many decades.

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