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 Dem on Sat 10th May 2003 12:24 UTC

It's still the same stuff, just renaming some directories, and putting capital letters. Instead of cramming everything into /usr now they are craming everying into Apps. Look at gnome/kde try are contantly working to abstract their desktop form the unix vfs, which is ihmo the only way to go. This way you still get a nice clean interface, you don't need to know anything (as a gui, no command line users) but if you want to thinker with stuff your not limited by a fs layout designed by toys 'r us. How about this: We'll fix everything with simlinks, so now we are going to have hundreads of symlinks for current stuff, and hundreads more for backward compatbility. For a second there buddy, i though you were trying to "fix" the fs. Or maybe we should move to the uber confusing uber broken Windows file system. With having seprate drive letters for partition, sticking everything into C:Windows or C:WindowsSystem or even C:WindowsSystem32. We'll space your documentation files all over your C: drive, but not only that we'll also randomly space it out over D: E: etc. Now lets hear the whiners, boo hoo: but windows isn't like that you have your own C:Documents and Settings (here is a real, nice easy to rember and type director) with your own My Documents folder. Well guess what My Documents has been there since Windows 98, and there are plenty of applications still that when given a chance to save they point you to the root C: or to their own application folder (even new applications). Again this filesystem layour can be accomplished by KDE/Gnome/whatever using a userspace library so stuff looks nice and kudly to the user, but isn't impratical to everyone else.