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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Still good ideas, but I think you should take a closer look at NT's DFS and open source AFS to consider the work already done to separate virtual organization from physical organization. The separation has largely been achieved in these examples, what they are lacking is the integration of indexed metadata.

Since we're throwing ideas around:

We might also want to consider how a "global file system" would work, it'd obviously make use of local caching and maybe sophisticated conflict resolution (like in source control). However it would put an end to the need to "email" files, you'd only have to give the other user a secure link into the global file system and they could access it and possibly even work on it with you (avoiding the all too common usecase of emailing back and forth).

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