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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RE: Interesting
by phoenix on Thu 26th Jul 2012 01:57 UTC in reply to "Interesting"
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People don't have problems with hierarchical directory structures that they create themselves (like in their own home folder or 'My Documents' directory).

However, a lot of people have problems when they find themselves in another directory on the disk/system/network, and don't know how to get back to their stuff. And Microsoft has been making this harder and harder with each release of Windows, with Libraries being the epitome of 'hide things behind abstractions so that no one knows where things are actually stored'.

No one had issues with directories in MS-DOS. No one had issues with directories in Windows 3.x. Things got a little confusing with Windows 95 and the introduction of 'My Documents'. then things stayed 'normal' throu Win 98, ME, and XP. things moved with Vista. Then, suddenly things went wonkers with Win 7 where everything that was under My Documents was moved up a level, Libraries were added, and things just got confusing.

But, the real confusion started with the introduction of 'Desktop' as a magical pseudo-top level directory, which is actually in the middle of the file system. We'd all be so much better off if that was never introduced, and everyone had to deal with the actual layout on the disk for everything. I believe that's the root of all the 'issues' with confusion with directories.

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