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]: Solving the wrong problem
by unoengborg on Tue 19th Aug 2008 14:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Solving the wrong problem"
unoengborg
Member since:
2005-07-06


The directory structure is an important mapping model of the system, and shielding the user from this mapping has created a generation of helpless, clueless users, who have to call technical support every time they try to download an attachment from Yahoo mail.


Yes, I agree with you that you need to know these things in MacOS-X or Windows, and if you don't you are lost. This is the problem. If users didn't need to know these things they wouldn't be lost.

You don't need to know how the phone system is wired to use a phone, even though the phone network and phone sytem is much more complex than even the most complicated computer desktops. So why is it be so impossible to make a usable computer desktop.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

So why is it be so impossible to make a usable computer desktop.


It's not impossible at all.

The only people that can change the status quo are the developers. However, developers themselves are rusted stuck in old ways of thinking, and don't like change at all - and then they go and shout at users for being resistant to change.

Developers have themselves invested time in understanding and mastering the status quo. They are simply unwilling to let that investment go to waste, and as such, they prefer a crappy, old, incapable system that creates confusion and promotes messy behaviour simply because it's what THEY are comfortable with.

Many UNIX developers ridicule Microsoft for adding layer upon layer in Windows, but in the end, UNIX developers do exactly the same thing.

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fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

Or perhaps it could be stated as "People gotta eat". It great to experiment with all kinds of cool, innovative, re-imagine the desktop stuff. But at the end of the day, most developers have a penchant for food, clothing, etc. Boring, reliable, meet-the-current-needs applications pay the bills. The others are for fun and excitement.

Personally, I love playing with new and inventive frameworks. I love learning new programming languages, new paradigmns, etc. But I make a living writing what I consider VERY boring applications. Maybe someday I will get paid to think outside the box. Otherwise, my time is too short.

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