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Re: SEUL: SOTs comments
> At 18:35 1997-09-03 +0300, Santeri Säkäjärvi wrote:
> >3) Current directory tree of Unix is too complex. Directory names like
> > etc, bin, /usr/local/bin etc. are too hard for win/dos oriented
> > users.
> > => The basic directory structure should be something like
> > - bin (/bin, /usr/bin, /usr/local/bin/)
> > - configuration (/etc, /etc...)
> > - users (/home)
> > - software (/opt, /usr/local/bin)
> > - devices (/dev)
> > - ??? (/var)
> > - sbin (/sbin)
> This is a BAD idea. It breaks all standards and causes more confusion than
> anything else. Besides, if things are set up so that the user
> can access everything from the GUI he will never need to know what
> a path is. (Ok, a slight exaggeration)
(Um, which order...? Reverse.)
1) Not an exaggeration at all. The only time the user will see a path is
when they explicitly go browsing through the filesystem, at which point we
can assume that they know more than the average end-user, and we don't have
to hid things from them.
2) Standards are good. Standards are very good. FSSTND/FHS2 are very well
3) That filesystem structure looks suspiciously like the FSSTND.
4) How is the FSSNTD too complex? Normal DOS/Win users don't look at paths
either. The only path I've seen since W95 is a:\install, and that's only for
stuff that's still backwards enough to install from floppies. As with W95,
we will be hiding paths from the user unless they *really* want to see them.
Icon == /usr/bin/something, user sees icon, user is happy.
> Otherwise I think there were a lot to think about in Santeri's mail.
> This is just the kind of perspective we need to reach the Win95
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