Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jan 2006 22:22 UTC, submitted by letsrock
Linux "Linux is not Windows, and although there are some similarities, you must realize that there may be a few 'new ways of doing things' to learn before you can be comfortable in Linux. Linux is an open-source clone of UNIX, a secure operating system that predates DOS and Windows and is designed for multiple users. The items in the following list generally apply to any UNIX-based *nix system, such as Linux and the various BSD's. For the purposes of this article, assume that it's all Linux."
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This is indeed not the best article ever written, but hey, not everything can be top notch.

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Resolution Member since:

Not everything can be top notch, but at least make it accurate. I'm still wondering why the home partition is pointing to the D: drive in that first image...

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Sphinx Member since:

Maybe it's because D: is used by most power window users as a home directory and for non os apps so you can blow away the os on C:, format and re-intall the entire os without endangering everything important to you. Quite useful in the 3.0->3.1->WFW->ME->98->2k->2kpro->XP sleigh ride.

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Richard James Member since:

I think many people misunderstand that image. On the left is a Linux filesystem tree and on the right a Windows one. The red lines indicate where on Linux (not Windows) that a particular directory might be mounted in relation to where the drive letters in Windows are. The lines should have arrow heads on the right side.

It is very common for Linux users to create a seperate partition for the home directory so that they can blow away the rest of the OS and still keep all their files safe.

In windows there is no true indication from that tree that D: is /dev/hdb or /dev/hda2 or something else.

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bb_matt Member since:

Fair enough, but misconceptions about what OsNews may publish can be difficult. To date, you've really kept the quality of your articles high and chosen to link to high quality articles.

I can understand a motive behind linking to such a simplistic article and I'm sure the author is probably a bit miffed about any comments made, but hey, that's what writing for the public is all about. Your going to get critisised and hopefully, it'll make you a better writer (and researcher)

I can understand the motive behind the article and it's a noble idea, however, a little more work (especially on the 70k jpeg? diagram) would not have gone amiss.

There's a wealth of information to draw from in researching this topic, which is essentially "linux for windows users", the first port of call should've been what Linux really is. A single paragraph mentioning Torvalds, that Linux is the Kernel and a brief mention of GNU, would've gone a long way to making the article more factually correct.

Also, getting the file system concepts correct - for starters, ditch the whole idea of having a D: partition for home, as it's way off the mark.

/home is /Documents and Settings and is by default located on the partition which windows is installed on.

It's misleading and assumes that everyone partitions their drives in windows, which is clearly not the case.

Many pre-installed windows PC's now ship with an additional partition, which is usually used to store the windows install files.

Some less savvy windows users may be wondering why their CDROM drive is "home"

Worse still, the E drive in that diagram points to "Music"

The author needs to step back, take a look and think "Hmm, wait a minute, that's how I do things, what is the default ?"

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