Linked by Kevin Adams on Fri 9th May 2003 23:04 UTC
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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Cool idea!
by mabhatter on Sat 10th May 2003 01:27 UTC

True, with a standard *nix, this would be a problem, but with something like Knoppix or Morphix a new file layout would actually make the distro super-useable! The biggest problem with Linux is the learning curve anymore. There's 30 years of script that just "do" stuff. I'll use your own argument against you here. If the scripts and automation are so hard-coded and difficult to follow that YOU can't keep track and say "just leave it alone" then aren't you just being a slave to an ancient system too! When you get to that point, it's time to start over. After all, it's Open Source, so why wouldn't the file layout be easy to accomadate in the hardcoded stuff?

Looks like fun! I've mentioned before that the future of Linux involves accomadating changes like this. We're still not thinking in terms of Meta-Software! It's too bad there couldn't be a "smarter" gentoo that one could search ALL the code of ALL the packages and adapt them to allow such changes? One could run scripted bots thru the system to hunt for thing like hard-coded links and fix them in a standard manner. The suggestions would be trackable and stored to run against future new software! Then the server would spit the code and sxripts out based on what you wanted the end result to be!