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from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept.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[6]: Comment by tupp
by Alfman on Sat 30th Jun 2012 19:38 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by tupp"
Alfman
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henderson101,

"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"

Why is everyone nitpicking the terminology? Frankly I don't care if you want to call it "files" or "content", "directories" or "folders" or "drawers". "File system" or "database" or "repository"... call it whatever you will, I don't care about that and I doubt tupp does either. It's not the terminology that's important, it's the ability to separate/organise things to keep them them from becoming a jumbled mess containing everything.

From a typical user perspective, why should one care if documents reside in a "file system" or in a "database" (pedantic note: a file system IS in fact a kind of database)... Users should be completely oblivious to the inner workings of the OS. You surely agree here, so what is it about hierarchical organisation that's putting you and others off? It's illogical to argue that hierarchies are bad for uses on account of the fact operating systems also use them internally.

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