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Be forwarned! This question (and link) recently appeared in the Slackware section of LQ and since many say they don't go there I thought it'd be interesting to see the reactions here since deep changes seem on the whole more acceptable here at OCN. Also this seems to be a big year for Linux and big changes to it so it seems worthwhile to get as many different perspectives as possible.

So have you guys seen T H I S ? What do you think and have you tried it?
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Isn't GoboLinux a pretty old distro? I read about it years ago. While I'm sure the filesystem hierarchy is neater, that's not one of the bigger things I look for in a distro.
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Really old. The only thing new is that this is the first update to it in 6 years
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New what?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GoboLinux
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015-alpha - January 21, 2014
014.01[11] - March 30, 2008: Updates of 014, featuring bug fixes and some package updates.
014 - December 31, 2007: Features package updates, bug fixes and new versions of the GoboLinux management tools.
013 - November 2, 2006: Introduces Listener, a tool for listening on filesystem events and assigning actions to be performed automatically.
012 - June 6, 2005: Introduces Manager, a graphical system management tool.
011 - June 7, 2004: Introduces Compile, the GoboLinux package compilation tool.
010 - January 7, 2004: Adds a graphical installer accessible through the live CD desktop environment.
007 - October 22, 2003: Adds a per-package metadata directory called Resources.
006 - May 9, 2003: Introduces GoboHide, and adopts a sandboxed installation of programs.
005 - 2003: Introduces GoboLinux to the world.
Releases prior to version 005 were used by the initial group of developers only.
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While it may not be a "new" distribution, I think the idea is quite interesting, it really makes the installation of a program a lot more modular. That being said I would also theink there is a good reason why a switch to such a structure has not happened through main stream *NIX. Nonetheless Seeing that is has already been out for over a decade, I don't see it catching on...
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post #6 of 35
Around 10 years ago when I first started out using Linux, I really wanted something like this because I found the regular filesystem layout really confusing compared to windows. I looked at it again a few months ago but saw that it hadn't been updated in years. Might be fun to see how it is.
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Around 10 years ago when I first started out using Linux, I really wanted something like this because I found the regular filesystem layout really confusing compared to windows. I looked at it again a few months ago but saw that it hadn't been updated in years. Might be fun to see how it is.

Once you learn the *NIX filesystem it really starts to make sense ( for the most part ). Of course, there are other factors such as distribution since a number of them do differ from area to area, usually just the different *bins though, and sometimes the configuration files differ from distro to distro. Different programs tend to not follow the hierarchy as well, and different version tend to put files in different places. This for the most part (imo) is what makes our filesystem hierarchy confusing. If all the distributions would stop trying to change it, and certain developers would start following it properly, then it would make more sense.

Not saying it's perfect, but it does make more sense than most people give it when used properly.
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Tried it once back in 2006. A friend in college at the time was really into it and contributed to the project, so I checked it out to see what the fuss was about. The file system layout reminded me of OS X's layout. I actually liked the organization but it made some things harder as it is a big change from the standard layout on Linux. I'd be willing to try it again if it ever develops a larger community.
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Be forwarned! This question (and link) recently appeared in the Slackware section of LQ and since many say they don't go there I thought it'd be interesting to see the reactions here since deep changes seem on the whole more acceptable here at OCN. Also this seems to be a big year for Linux and big changes to it so it seems worthwhile to get as many different perspectives as possible.

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Haven't tried it and likely won't. Closest thing to that I've used is a pbi package on PC-BSD, which I actually liked since all the dependencies for an application are stuck in the pbi as well so you don't end up in dependency hell. This though, I don't see what problem they're trying to solve. Looks like someone looked at the layout of Windows 7 and said "I wonder how that can be applied to Linux?"
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I'd be nervous about recommending Gobo to anyone considering it's years old, failed to gain traction back before the Ubuntu's of the world took off, and has subsequently already been abandoned once since then. In fact I hadn't realised it was even revived since.
Edited by Plan9 - 3/10/14 at 12:01am
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