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From: "Kevin F. Quinn" <kevquinn@g.o>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-dev] Big change ideea
Date: Wed, 06 Dec 2006 23:35:56
In Reply to: [gentoo-dev] Big change ideea by Alexandru Mincu
On Wed, 06 Dec 2006 23:44:26 +0200
Alexandru Mincu <mincua@×××××.com> wrote:

> > They have an idea that Mac OS X implemented it when it first came out > to be more user friendly. > They are trying to remove the old UNIX file system scheme with the/bin > /etc /usr /var, etc directories and are trying to implement a little > more intuitive version of the file system hierarchy.
This is an idea that comes up quite often, especially with people who come from the Microsoft or Mac world. As far as Gentoo is concerned, it is quite a lot of work (although not particularly difficult) for very little gain. The primary motivation for GoboLinux seems to be to make it easy to find which files go with which applications. You already have that information of course, in /var/db/pkg/.../CONTENTS. Indeed, it would be trivial to do the GoboLinux thing but inverted - leave everything where it currently is, and build a big tree of symlinks from the places you want. That's a lot of symlinks, however... One last thing - their 'readdir' kernel hack ("GoboHide") - that's really nasty! Hacking the kernel interfaces to deliberately break compatibility is lunacy. -- Kevin F. Quinn


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