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: Where I think the problem is...
by Spark on Sat 10th May 2003 10:32 UTC

"Do you WANT Linux to fail on the desktop? Why can't you see that the only thing to do is change willingly or forcefully?"

You don't understand! Most of us (I assume, not counting the hardcore Unix geek now ;) ) are in favor of radical changes to the system if it's worth it and I would also be in favor of such a change when it would break compatibility or make life for an admin slightly harder.
However, as so many people have pointed out now (including the last poster yop), exposing the system files to the user is not a good idea so making them look pretty is absolutely counter-productive.
The user should always only worry about his own personal files, nothing else. Suggesting otherwise is like complaining that the engine of your car is too complicated to understand and should be simplified.
Modern cars don't force you to connect some wires for ignition (unless you want to steal them). :p

"Looking at the Longhorn Screenshots has shown me that Microsoft is paying attention to the Unix world and is implementing some of the nicer features (like virtual desktops and transparent menus)."

Yeah and like abstracting the filesystem... Do you want Linux to go back five years in time instead of trying to leapfrog the competition? We have the chance now, let's take it. It's still LOADS of work, even if we don't completely re-invent the filesystem or screw compatibility with many years of hard work when it has no real meaning for the desktop of the future (one where the system files are the engine, not the steering wheel).