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[5]: Oliver has lost it.
by daedalus on Fri 27th Jul 2012 12:27 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Oliver has lost it."
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If you are confused by system files, just don't look at them!

Which is all well and good until something doesn't quite work. There are plenty of tools and things out there which need to have their configurations manually set in text files - some of them are in /bin, some are in /usr/bin, some are in the home directory and so on. For example, on my Ubuntu 10.04 box I can't save changes to my graphics card settings without editing the text file manually because something funky is going on with the Nvidia configuration tool. I've done it several times, yet I still couldn't tell you which file I need to edit or where it is until I spend a while trawling through forums and FAQs. The same for SMB mounts of my NAS. They're not reliable unless I mount them by hand, and so to have them available at boot means wading through the system files.

I appreciate that that's a little OT, and that with Linux all the folders are basically as you see them, but it doesn't stop it from being confusing / messy. Again, comparing it to the Amiga way of handling drives, mounting media is quite unintuitive, with things like a CD drive having nothing to distinguish it from any folder on the hard drive. IMHO there shouldn't be a filesystem higher than the root of any drive, and having the root of a CD at /mnt/cd0 or whatever just doesn't make sense in the whole desktop/folders paradigm.

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