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Linux "Lately, there has been lots of discussion on the current state of Linux as a desktop system, and articles pop up here and there, occasionally with very good ideas. However, none have surprised me more than this one. It was all very hyphothetical, but had pretty radical ideas on how the author thought the Linux directory tree should be reorganized." Read more about GoboLinux, a Linux distro that uses a new style directory tree at
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Here we go again....
by Err on Sat 10th May 2003 00:29 UTC

"i'm sorry, it took me about 5 minutes to find out what /mnt, /home, /usr, /etc " - Akira

Did it also take you 5 minutes to realise what /use/local/bin /usr/X11R6/bin /opt/qt-1.2 mean and do?

The unix filesystem simply isn't as cut and dried as you'd like to make out. It never will be whilst FHS holds the keys to it.

Why is OSX so popular amongst Mac users?

Is it because it is a Mac? Possible.

Is it becuase it displays the entirety of the underlying BSD system to any user attempting to use it? Unlikely, and untrue.

Is it because Apple have actually discovered that a solid *nix underlay doesn't necessarily have to be accompanied by an impermeable *nix style interface? Very likely.

Your beloved Linux needs to adapt to its users. *nix has been around for 30 years, there's a VERY good reason it hasn't achieved widespread desktop use yet ... *nix people REFUSE to adapt. Which leaves us with precisely the same *nix/C/XWin paradigm as our ancestors had to face 10-20 years ago.

Thank god KDE/Gnome (And you other window manager/gui friendly developers I can't remember right now) are trying to take it further.

A subjective opinion? Yes, I make no apology for it.

Is Linux ready for the desktop? _NO_, and it's precisely because of blinkered, little, *nix elitist weenies like you.

Linux is a kernel, it's dependent upon 3rd party software to even make it useable (Show me a worthwhile boot with _just_ the kernel). Can we blame Linus for this? No. I sure as hell can blame the narrow mindedness of the *nix philosophy and the Linux (Oh how I laugh) community though.

Should Linux (And associated applications) _BE_ ready for the desktop? Absolutely yes.

If there was half the infighting and a little more user friendliness the "Is Linux ready for the desktop?" argument would be over by now.

Akira, you have no substance, you are "old", you are subjective and you are "cheerleading" for Linux because we've all heard these comments before. Is it boring? Hell yes.

Every attempt to bring the *nix situation into the modern world is met by superstition and outright denial of a user compatability problem even existing. If you can't see that *nix systems need to adapt to their users as much as any other system does then you're as blind as the rest of the zealots are.