Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Oct 2015 18:43 UTC
Debian and its clones

The Linux Standard Base (LSB) is a specification that purports to define the services and application-level ABIs that a Linux distribution will provide for use by third-party programs. But some in the Debian project are questioning the value of maintaining LSB compliance - it has become, they say, a considerable amount of work for little measurable benefit.

It's too much work for little benefit, and nobody wants to do it, so what's the point - just drop it. At least, that seems to be the reasoning.

But Debian's not throwing all of the LSB overboard: we're still firmly standing behind the FHS (version 2.3 through Debian Policy; although 3.0 was released in August this year) and our SysV init scripts mostly conform to LSB VIII.22.{2-8}. But don't get me wrong, this src:lsb upload is an explicit move away from the LSB.

That's too bad - the FHS is an abomination, a useless, needlesly complex relic from a time we were still using punch cards, and it has no place in any modern computing platform. All operating systems have absolutely horrible and disastrous directory layouts, but the FHS is one of the absolute worst in history.

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by kaiwai on Sun 11th Oct 2015 09:05 UTC
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That's too bad - the FHS is an abomination, a useless, needlesly complex relic from a time we were still using punch cards, and it has no place in any modern computing platform. All operating systems have absolutely horrible and disastrous directory layouts, but the FHS is one of the absolute worst in history.


As opposed to:

C:\Windows

Which amounts to random shit being thrown into random locations with no reasoning other than, "we're too lazy to actually clean up the mess and have a logical directory lay out"? When compared to the abomination that is Windows, the *NIX lay out makes a hell of a lot more sense especially coming from a OS X user who would sooner deal with what we have today vs. the mess of the Windows world.

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