Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Jul 2012 22:18 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes The article I'm about to link to, by Oliver Reichenstein, is pretty terrible, but it's a good way for me to bring up something I've been meaning to talk about. First, the article: "Apple has been working on its file system and with iOS it had almost killed the concept of folders - before reintroducing them with a peculiar restriction: only one level! With Mountain Lion it brings its one folder level logic to OSX. What could be the reason for such a restrictive measure?" So, where does this crusade against directory structures (not file systems, as the article aggravatingly keeps stating) come from?
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RE[2]: Comment by kovacm
by mistersoft on Thu 26th Jul 2012 14:44 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kovacm"
mistersoft
Member since:
2011-01-05

but I think a valid point might be that *even if*
the older people among new computer users find
folders or hierarchical directories 'hard to abstract to'

...the current 'young generation' of new and not so new computer user will make up the huge majority of older computer users in the future!

and they'll have grown up with this ever changing computing landscape, and be naturally more adaptable to different computing paradigms (in various directions), hopefully including variations on our current favourite file systems and folder/directory trees..

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RE[3]: Comment by kovacm
by Alfman on Thu 26th Jul 2012 15:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kovacm"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

mistersoft,

"the current 'young generation' of new and not so new computer user will make up the huge majority of older computer users in the future! and they'll have grown up with this ever changing computing landscape, and be naturally more adaptable to different computing paradigms (in various directions)"

Agreed. There's one aspect troubles me though, the move to lock down computing devices (assuming the trend continues unabated), could spawn a widening gap between consumer and developer-capable devices. It is especially worrying to me that many kids will only be exposed to vendor-locked devices with crippled kernel and userspace programmability. This is a stark contrast to our own exposure to computers growing up.

If we don't fight against closed computing today, we could very well end up in a future where consumers are all running restricted devices, and in order to reach any significant portion of them developers have no choice but to participate in walled gardens controlled by oligopolists. Hopefully everyone agrees that future should be avoided.

Edited 2012-07-26 15:23 UTC

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