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]: Much ado about nothing
by jack_perry on Tue 19th Aug 2008 12:51 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Much ado about nothing"
jack_perry
Member since:
2005-07-06

Seriously, this is a non-issue for everyone but those self-professed "power users" coming from windows that are confused by change.


Odd. I'm not a "'power user' coming from windows" in any sense of the word. I've used Linux or OSX for nearly all of the last ten years.

I doubt the Gobo Linux users fall into that category either.

If any home user has to touch those settings, the system is broken.


The fonts? The startup scripts? If a home user has to touch those setting, the system is broken?!? Whose computer is it, anyway?

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RE[4]: Much ado about nothing
by siride on Tue 19th Aug 2008 14:17 in reply to "RE[3]: Much ado about nothing"
siride Member since:
2006-01-02

There's .fonts in your home directory and any personal settings are also stored there. The only time you need to touch stuff in /etc is to configure services beyond the default and any user-friendly distro out there has GUI tools to do configuration in /etc. If you are advanced enough to need to do stuff beyond what the GUI tools provide, then you are advanced enough to deal with the fact that it is called '/etc' and not '/hold my hand settings directory for users to look at system settings and other things like that'.

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jack_perry Member since:
2005-07-06

There's .fonts in your home directory and any personal settings are also stored there.

I refer you to my previous comment that .fonts is a hidden directory which the average user will not stumble over.

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RE[4]: Much ado about nothing
by leos on Tue 19th Aug 2008 14:35 in reply to "RE[3]: Much ado about nothing"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

The fonts? The startup scripts? If a home user has to touch those setting, the system is broken?!? Whose computer is it, anyway?


Someone else already mentioned ~/.fonts
You shouldn't have to mess with the startup scripts. If you want a program starting in the GUI, use the GUI tools in Gnome or KDE to start it after boot. If you want to configure a system service to start (already extremely unlikely for any average user), use any startup script GUI tool to do it.

If you want to tweak the settings of apache to start with a specified flag or what have you, you're way advanced and finding init.d is a trivial and insignificant part of the task.

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jack_perry Member since:
2005-07-06

If you want to tweak the settings of apache to start with a specified flag or what have you...


Well, I might have to tweak the settings of Xorg.conf too. That's way more advanced, but if I've bought a new computer with an as-yet unsupported monitor there's fun I'll have to have regardless.

I might have to tweak /etc/fstab.

See any one of a large number of experts offering advice to non-experts online. Lots of settings have to be tweaked from time to time.

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