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[4]: My Question
by Windows Sucks on Tue 19th Aug 2008 12:45 UTC 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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RE[6]: My Question
by Windows Sucks on Tue 19th Aug 2008 13:14 in reply to "RE[5]: My Question"
Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

The thing is, who is it actually a problem to. For me when I use my Mac I don't have a problem. So the problem is not in useability for the average user.

Is the problem with developers? Seems like there are not many problems there ether as software is multiplying on the Mac at a pretty good pace.

In the end it's easy to use and easy to make and port software to. And that is what matters.

While people spend hours trying to figure out how and where simlinks should go, Apple's market share is growing and the Mac OS is getting more and more popular. Even Linus loves it.

A lot of times perception is what matters. In the case of the Mac OS the perceptions are:

Its pretty
Easy to use
reliable
Secure

Some of that is reality some is not.

The real reality as you say is the the Mac OS is a mess. Which is true. But in reality at this point who cares? (Besides us tech guys)

You use your Mac desk top with Mac OS, use the Apple TV with Mac OS, the iPhone uses the Mac OS.

The only time Linux (Outside of the Kernel being used and servers) gets major play is when you can't see what is going on below the surface. Like in phones and other devices.

I just want to see Linux on the desktop be just as simple. So more people will use it.

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