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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by DCMonkey on Sat 10th May 2003 07:35 UTC

Soon we'll will make it the ideal stage for a single user desktop OS: No standard directory structure at all. Sure there will be some organization of pre loaded stuff on new systems (note I don't mean new installations, you wont need to do that anymore), but you can move it around wherever you want or delete it if you so desire.

Where will the OS go you say? It doesn't "go" anywhere, it just "is". The rest is techincal details only the manufacturer would care about (where is the OS on your VCR?).

Classic MacOS was the closest I've seen (just the System folder IIRC). For the UI challenged, DOS almost had it. They should have hidden and internalized (or hid) some of the external commands.

And remember, no-one is going to come and force you to run your multi-user servers on this platform, and no-one is going to come and rm -rf your precious file system hierarchy from your own machine.