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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Re: Adam Scheinberg
by Spark on Sat 10th May 2003 03:30 UTC

"The fact is, for some reason, it takes a very special person to have vision."

"Anyone who makes a case for the current filesystem layout is simply clueless. In my very humble opinion."

Woah, slow down there... I didn't want to say anything (again), but those two sentences are very provocative and *selfcensored*.

Sorry to be harsh, but you don't have a vision, you are suggesting to copy something that Microsoft did about TEN YEARS AGO(!) and is now trying to hide from the user.
The point simply is, that it doesn't matter weither our filesystem is enduser oriented because it should not be exposed to the enduser. You can disagree with me but calling me clueless for disagreeing with you is plain and simple inappropriate arrogance.

That said, I wish everyone actually trying something new (like GoBo) good luck, but you will see that it won't do anything to solve the deeper problems of Desktop Linux. To convince people that it's worth throwing away decades of compatibility and a developer friendly filesystem just because you insist on exposing the user to the entire filesystem, you will need some very good arguments, not flames.

Besides, if you want to know what I would call visionary or insightful, you might want to read this: (I'm not completely agreeing with Mark there but he makes some very good points).