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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good idea
by stolennomenclature on Mon 30th Jul 2012 04:25 UTC
stolennomenclature
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2006-06-05

I have for a long time disliked the current file system paradigm which has almost universal use in computer operating systems. I prefer a file system that more closely resembles real life filing systems and paradigms. For example, how often in real life filing systems do we put folders inside other folders inside other folders? Also, I dislike the restriction of having to have unique file names. Again this does not mimic real life situations. For example I can purchase several copies of a book and place them in a bookshelf, without the bookshelf spitting all but one of the books out for having the same name. I'm sick of having to have numerous files with similar names to support having multiple versions of a file.
Going back to the folder issue, I am also sick of having to traverse these complex directory trees in order to find anything. I believe that the folder concept should be implemented as meta data, allowing a file to "reside" in as many folders/categories and you like.

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