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[2]: Oliver has lost it.
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 26th Jul 2012 07:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Oliver has lost it."
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When people have to deal with the actual filesystem on the disk, they get confused, because C: is the real root of the filesystem, and 'Desktop' and 'My Documents' are buried several levels deep.

The fact that they're "buried" is not so bad. Hell, look at Linux and its typical directories:

/: Root file system
/home/user: User's home directory
/home/user/Document's: User's documents
/home/user/Music: User's music
/home/user/Pictures: User's pictures
/home/user/Videos: User's videos
...etc...

They're "buried" (not in the top level directory), but it's relatively simplified and makes perfect sense to me... completely logical and easy to remember. Windows Vista, as shitty as it was, did make some improvements here though, I have to admit ("C:\Users\User Name" instead of "C:\Documents and Settings\User Name"

But you're wrong about C: being the "real" root of the file system. It's only the root of what is most commonly the system drive in Windows and DOS before it, which is usually set up to be a whole disk but can sometimes be a smaller partition. Every hard drive partition, CD/DVD-ROM disc and USB drive has its own root file system. In UNIX/Linux, there is one virtual filesystem under which *everything* resides.

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