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 theosib on Tue 19th Aug 2008 14:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Inertia and stupidity"
theosib
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My main gripe with UNIX really is the file system and config file organization. I have no problem with the kernels in general, although honestly, I don't have much complaint about the NT kernel. The real problems are in userspace. But even there, UNIX/POSIX APIs are growing and evolving and keeping up to date. MacOS X layers a well-designed graphics API on top of UNIX, and I think they did that well, although X11 really isn't all that bad either (especially when you hide behind a toolkit).

No. When it's all said and done, my main complaints about UNIX and Linux all come down to system administration issues. Where do you install an app? How do you uninstall it? Where are the config files? What format are the config files in? When you upgrade an app, do you wipe out all your config settings? When you install a library or an app, are there going to be version conflicts? When something breaks, do I know which of the dozens of log files to look in?

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