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 Kuro5hin.org.
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Whatever
by Spark on Sat 10th May 2003 05:13 UTC

You could just as well argue that users WANT to understand the sourcecode, so we should forget about this messy C language and rewrite all applications in Basic. The fact remains that the filesystem is an implementation detail that has _no_ value to the user once it is properly abstracted, which is almost done already.
That some people _want_ to know there filesystem (I can assure you that my mother and grandmother don't want to know it) is not a good reason to optimize the filesystem for endusers (as opposed to developers), especially when most of them only want to understand the entire filesystem because they are used to it from Windows, where it's practically shoved into there face (yet).
I would actually enjoy discussions about things like this and sharing opinions and ideas but certainly not as long as you show this "I know the truth and everyone else is just clue- and visionless" attitude. For a while I had the same thoughts btw, but I changed my mind at some point.