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: With more casual users...
by Darkelve on Fri 29th May 2009 06:13 UTC in reply to "With more casual users..."
Darkelve
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2006-02-06

The 'My' in 'My this', 'My that' is superfluous. I am glad recent Linux distributions (e.g. Ubuntu Jaunty, Mandriva Spring 2009.1) did the sensible thing and by default put folders like 'Documents', 'Videos', 'Pictures' in the /home/user/ directory.

What remains is to pick those as default locations for document saving in certain applications, e.g. OpenOffice Write saves in 'Documents', Digikam saves in 'Pictures' etc. could be some distributions already do that though?

Personally I am very glad with the attention that is being given by the Linux community to big usability issues as well as smaller details like these.

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Darkelve Member since:
2006-02-06

Also, there is nothing really wrong with the layout of everything outside of /home/.

And if distributions follow the LSB, then it will be much easier to obtain Linux skills with distribution X and equally apply them in Linux distribution Y. I suppose directory names could still be made more human-readable, but I guess the idea in the olden days was that they should be short, e.g. 'srv' and not 'myspankingbrandnewserverdirectory'.

As for /home/ , if it's easy enough for end-users, admins should be able to figure it out as well...

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