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[2]: Inertia and stupidity
by CrLf on Tue 19th Aug 2008 12:37 UTC in reply to "RE: Inertia and stupidity"
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Maybe, just maybe, every Windows competitor is a Unix clone for the very same reasons unix is still strong after nearly 40 years, while other "modern" and "improved" systems have come and gone...

In computing terms this is like a million years. Sure, you can attribute this to inertia, but then you have to explain why the rest of the "industry" changes so fast and so much.

Exactly what does unix have that makes it so enduring no onde really knows for sure, but the fact is people like it.

I'm not saying unix is a perfect system, it sure has problems. What I'm saying is that the filesystem hierarchy hasn't fundamentally changed in all these years because it _isn't_ one of those problems.

What really annoys me is that these criticisms to fundamental unix concepts always seem to come from people who don't do actual work with their systems and thus cannot tell the difference between problems that affect real-world system usage from "problems" that only exist in their supposedly "power-user" minds. These people often cannot justify their claims with more than "the old way it obsolete" or "this new way is better".

Hei, the wheel is thousands of years old, it's obsolete. Let's just replace it with this "square" thing which is way better...

Like (I think it was) Ken Thompson said when asked what would he change in unix if he could: "I would add an 'n' to 'umount'."

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