Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Aug 2008 15:37 UTC
Editorial Earlier this week, we ran a story on GoboLinux, and the distribution's effort to replace the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard with a more pleasant, human-readable, and logical design. A lot of people liked the idea of modernising/replacing the FHS, but just as many people were against doing so. Valid arguments were presented both ways, but in this article, I would like to focus on a common sentiment that came forward in that discussion: normal users shouldn't see the FHS, and advanced users are smart enough to figure out how the FHS works.
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RE[2]: Basic edumacation.
by tupp on Sat 23rd Aug 2008 22:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Basic edumacation."
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Everyone should have a rudimentary knowledge of the directory tree and of the basic internal components of a computer.
I'm sure most here agree with that

I'm actually not to sure that most here agree with that assertion. In fact, the first question/point listed in the parent article is: "Normal users shouldn't see the FHS [directory structure]."

In addition, I agree that the Gobo/Beos/OSX-style directory configuration is better, and that the *nix directory configuration could probably be greatly simplified (especially for single user machines). However, I don't think that it would be a major effort for anyone to learn the basic differences between the directories that you mentioned. There are many simple charts that plainly show the particular properties of each basic directory.

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