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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here's your answer
by Adam Scheinberg on Sat 10th May 2003 15:39 UTC

Technical Merit?

Tell me where KDE is installed on my machine? Come on, that's all the info you get -- can ya do it?

The answer is no. Is it /opt? Nope...guess again.

Better example, guess where is installed on my Windows machine? If you guess C:Program FilesOpenOffice.org1.1Beta (some something like that, you're right.

What's the benefit of a better hierarchy? Obvious paths to files. And then developers will be encouraged to put files in a consistent place. And then maintaining Linux will be much easier.

I know I may sound inflexible on this issue, but look back and you'll see I'm rarely so - My honest belief is that is IT broke. I want to put Linux in the hands of more people, and I beleive I understand part of the shortcomings. Those unwilling to change don't seem to understand that this IS an issue, whether users should be in the file system or not.

There isn't anywhere left to go here - ths is now a chicken and egg scenario. I see now that a distribution that does things that well is doomed to be hated by those who understand what currently is, and that's very sad. This is very chicken and egg, in that many of us agree that work machines with Linux will introduce change, but not how it will take shape.

I'm sorry if I've offended anyone, but at the same time, I'm not apologetic about my opinion. The "average" user likely isn't your mom or grandma, it's a person who uses a computer much of the day at work and then at home for e-mail and web. The success of OS X should teach everyone something, but unfortunately, I'm beginning to feel as though Linux will not be the next big thing, because it will always be exclusive while its users feel more special than everyone else.

If you disagree with me, that's fine. But look at the implementations of Linux today and compare them to OS X and Windows. We're so far from ready in comparison that it makes me sad. And the good ideas I'd like to see emulated are always challenged with "Why do you want to dumb down Linux?" and "We don't want to make it like Windows!" That's fine. But you catch more flys with honey.