Linked by Adam S on Wed 30th Apr 2003 07:26 UTC
Linux Lately, we've all read a lot of articles about desktop Linux - so many that it's getting hard to tell them apart. One says "Why Linux Sucks," the next "My Success With Linux." Even Michael Robertson of joined the fun with his "Why Desktop Linux Sucks, Today." But very few people have proposed anything radical, and I believe that's what's needed to take GNU/Linux to the next level.
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by milk / miruku on Wed 30th Apr 2003 10:03 UTC

Alex (The Original) said "Not that simple, if that's so then, say you type "cd /hardware" and then you find out you've been taken to /dev. What the?? How did I get here?"

well, can anyone please asnwer my query? would it not be possible to break compatability with POSIX, yet use symlinks for backwards compatability, so this:

/home -> /users
/var -> /logs
/var/www -> /system/websites/
/etc/httpd - > /servers/httpd/
/dev/hdc -> /hardware/cdrom/
/mnt -> /hardware/drives/

would become this:

/users -> /home
/logs -> /var
/system/websites/ -> /var/www
/servers/httpd/ - > /etc/httpd
/hardware/cdrom/ -> /dev/hdc
/hardware/drives/ -> /mnt

a solution to combatting symlinks showing up in file explorers when they shouldn't would be easy if there was feature (and i don't know if there is) where the user (or install) could set files to different levels of hiddenness, and the user could select what level they wanted displayed. this would help if a user wanted to try and fix something with their system by being able to unhide normally untouched system files without unhiding unused/redundant/whatever files at the same time. just an idea..