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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Folders are not complex
by Yamin on Thu 26th Jul 2012 15:34 UTC
Yamin
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2006-01-10

Folders are just not that complex. I used to be the fixit guy for most of my friends and family who are not all that computer literate. They all use folders.

A point I often make is that there is often very little need for deep folder hierarchies as far as the user is concerned. And that is the behavior I see for most regular PC users. They simply don't have the data needed for really deep hierarchies.

Pictures\myvacation - one level deep
Projects\2010\class\projectname - three levels deep

It rarely gets more complicated than that for the average user.

I applaud all these operating systems for throwing in some default folders (pictures, music, documents...) because it gives most users a starting point at least.

The problem with folders comes in maintaining them. People get lazy and don't want to create a folder. I do it all the time. I'd rather the OS make some effort to help you keep it organized. Suppose I just copy a bunch of pictures to my Picture directory. Perhaps that would be a nice way for the file manager to ask 'Do you wish to play these in a new folder?' I know a popup dialog would be annoying, so I'm not suggesting that ;)

I remember with Vista and they supposed database file system, I thought to myself... what is the demand here? I get the theoretical vision, but I didn't see how it would play out. For real server work.... people already use real data bases. For things people have a lot of (pictures, music...) people already have dedicated index/search players.

It really is trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist.

I think its better to keep folders, enhance it with search and help auto-organize.

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