Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th May 2009 19:17 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Ask OSNews is apparently quite popular among you guys; the questions just keep on coming in. Since David took on the first two, we decided to let me handle this one - it's an area I've personally covered before on OSNews: file system layouts. One of our readers, a Linux veteran, studied the GoboLinux effort to introduce a new filesystem layout, and wondered: "Why not adopt the more sensible file system from GoboLinux as the new LSB standard?"
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RE[3]: Down with the FHS
by strcpy on Fri 29th May 2009 06:03 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Down with the FHS"
strcpy
Member since:
2009-05-20

But if something has existed in computing for thirty years, it certainly is an asset, not an obstacle.

And Linux is derived from UNIX, the ideal type of a system that has proven itself for decades. Nothing else in the realm of operating systems has had such a profound effect on design and implementation of operating systems.

And here are people like you demanding to destroy tradition in the name of perceived progress, always bringing the mythical Desktop and usability to the table.

Changing a file system hierarchy is not an innovation, and a file system hierarchy should have absolutely nothing to do with a so-called Desktop.

Edited 2009-05-29 06:10 UTC

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RE[4]: Down with the FHS
by cb_osn on Fri 29th May 2009 09:37 in reply to "RE[3]: Down with the FHS"
cb_osn Member since:
2006-02-26

If you are willing to disregard the significance of the "mythical desktop" and the trouble that UNIX has experienced gaining traction in that space, then there really isn't much to discuss.

Ironically, the underlying message in my post was that UNIX reactionaries such as yourself are inadvertently sabotaging the chances of Linux on the desktop by resisting any change that may "destroy tradition."

Though responses like yours give me the feeling that, for some at least, it may not be inadvertent at all.

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RE[5]: Down with the FHS
by strcpy on Fri 29th May 2009 10:05 in reply to "RE[4]: Down with the FHS"
strcpy Member since:
2009-05-20

Please.

Do you honestly believe that file system hierarchies are such an obstacle for the Linux desktop adoption?

In my opinion it is ridiculous to believe that there would be such a silver bullet to any problem that deals with operating systems.

I welcome progress, but not progress because of progress. There is enough skepticism in this thread already and you find plenty more whenever this issue is brought to the mailing lists.

In any case, I value your opinion but refuse to believe that I and others who value the tradition are such an obstacle for desktop systems -- actually I think those systems are doing well already. Besides, given that most developers are against this kind of change, you have to purge a whole lot of people that are assumed to be hindrances.

Edited 2009-05-29 10:13 UTC

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RE[5]: Down with the FHS
by asmoore82 on Sat 30th May 2009 05:12 in reply to "RE[4]: Down with the FHS"
asmoore82 Member since:
2009-03-11

If you are willing to disregard the significance of the "mythical desktop" and the trouble that UNIX has experienced gaining traction in that space, then there really isn't much to discuss.

There is this tiny company called Microsoft - you obviously
need to read up on them and their business practices.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween_Documents
http://antitrust.slated.org/
http://boycottnovell.com/
... just to get you started


Ironically, the underlying message in my post was that UNIX reactionaries such as yourself are inadvertently sabotaging the chances of Linux on the desktop by resisting any change that may "destroy tradition."

Sir, logic please!!
WinXP is the dominant desktop system.
It still has %systemroot%\system32, regedit.exe
and CP/M Drive Letters.

If our arguments do not require logic, let me
just say "purple monkey dishwasher" and declare myself the winner!

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