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
Permalink for comment
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Implementation details
by Anonymous on Sat 10th May 2003 07:53 UTC

Can anybody explain me what's with all the hype about putting each app in it's own directory?

Being able to see the "contents" of an app is exposing implementation detail to the user. That's bad, bad bad. Users shouldn't have to know what files a program has! They should launch their app using menus or icons and uninstall using the package manager. They should never have to know more than that! Everything else should be taken care of automatically without exposing implementation details!

So, what good is putting each app in it's own directory? It will certainly encourage people to take a look and try to hose their filesystem. I know many "average users" who fsck their Windows system because they randomly delete stuff from C:Program Files.