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: Adam Scheinberg
by Troels on Sat 10th May 2003 16:18 UTC

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

Nope. But why would you want to know where it is installed?

You claim people who want the file system not to change are visionless. I claim that YOU are visionless. No, if the system is to become easier, then the user should never have to worry about where anything is installed. Lots of development is going into filesystems where he wouldnt even need to know where his personal files are stored. (only the system administrator might have a need to know these things, and a personal workstation should not need an sys adm)

This IMO is a vision of the future, you are simply trying to reimplement a 8 year old system that noone seems to be able to explain why is better than what we have now. Sorry, "people want to learn the where the files are" doesnt work. I would like to know how my computer hardware internals are working, but i dont think that is going to make the hardware manufacturers redesign computers so i can figure out how they do their stuff.

I often agree with you, but in this case i think your oppinion is silly and visionless :-) If compatibility should be broken, then it should be to implement something new and better, not something 8 years old. (and i read that Gobo linux is indeed FHS compatible, in which case i REALLY don't see the point as you simply have even MORE directories compared to a normal linux/unix system.)

PS: believe it or not, but the average computer user does have troubles with the concept of files and folders. You really are talking about intermediate to advanced computer users, and those are not the majority of computer users.