Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Aug 2008 23:33 UTC, submitted by Charles Wilson
Editorial GoboLinux is a distribution which sports a different file system structure than 'ordinary' Linux distributions. In order to remain compatible with the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard, symbolic links are used to map the GoboLinux tree to standard UNIX directories. A post in the GoboLinux forums suggested that it might be better to turn the concept around: retain the FHS, and then use symbolic links to map the GoboLinux tree on top of it. This sparked some interesting discussion. Read on for more details.
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RE[3]: My Question
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 19th Aug 2008 11:17 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: My Question"
Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

The way Apple does it is slick.


It appears to be slick, but in fact, OS X is just as messy as everyone else. The only difference is that OS X creates some fancy directories such as /Applications, and then includes a text file that tells graphical applications to ignore the default FHS. but make no mistake - it's still there, and it is still as messy and unclear.

Again a case of band-aid. It doesn't actually solve the problem, it just hides it. You know, flipping over the picture of your wife.

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RE[4]: My Question
by Windows Sucks on Tue 19th Aug 2008 12:45 in reply to "RE[3]: My Question"
Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

It is messy (Like you said because I have used the command line on the mac and it's confusing)

But the key on the desk top is to make it easy for 90% of the people that use it. And the Mac OS is just that. Unix done easy. Something a 5 year could use.

I don't want to give a computer to my kid and they open the file manager and get confused because they don't know what /var and /bin and /root are. Normal users should never see that.

99% of the time when I am using my Mac I don't care about all that. Applications are so easy to install on a Mac I giggle everytime I install something new.

In the end all I am saying is that Apple makes it easy and that is what non tech people want.

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RE[5]: My Question
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 19th Aug 2008 12:48 in reply to "RE[4]: My Question"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

In the end all I am saying is that Apple makes it easy and that is what non tech people want.


That's not the point, and I'm not even contending it. The point, however, is that Apple doesn't solve the problem - it merely hides it.

Which is hardly a feat worth gloating about.

GoboLinux, on the other hand, actually tries to fix the problem, which IS a feat worth gloating about.

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