Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Jul 2012 22:18 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes The article I'm about to link to, by Oliver Reichenstein, is pretty terrible, but it's a good way for me to bring up something I've been meaning to talk about. First, the article: "Apple has been working on its file system and with iOS it had almost killed the concept of folders - before reintroducing them with a peculiar restriction: only one level! With Mountain Lion it brings its one folder level logic to OSX. What could be the reason for such a restrictive measure?" So, where does this crusade against directory structures (not file systems, as the article aggravatingly keeps stating) come from?
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Organizing files with meta data or by having applications track their files works fairly well until a person needs to transfer data to another computer/person. If I want to e-mail a file or archive a development project or (S)FTP something then meta-data and one-level folders get in the way. I don't think directory trees are going anywhere because nothing better has come around to replace them. There are too many cases where people need to separate their data into groups independent of applications.

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