Filesystem - hiding system folders?

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at
Tue Mar 28 11:58:39 BST 2006

On Tue, 28 Mar 2006 17:14:00 +0700
Chanchao <custom at> wrote:

> Feasible? Easier/friendlier?  Would Unix/Linux people using other
> distros feast on our bones if Ubuntu went that way even more than they
> already do?

I'm absolutely positive that they would ;-)
> Note that I'm talking mainly about what the user SEES when opening a
> nautilus file browser window, I can understand it if physically on disk
> this is impossible because Ubuntu depends on so much (system) software
> that expects certain things in certain places.

There is already a division home| filesystem in Nauilus - and system files
are only breakable with sudo/root permissions.

This sounds like a "It isn't like Windows therefore it doesn't make sense"
kind of reaction. (I'm not saying that's what you are doing, but I
see this kind of reaction on IRC quite a lot from new users). Really, it is
quite logical - just different. ( Better in fact - none of this ridiculous
"Oh dear, suddenly my "D" drive is "E" " stuff.)

Should the kind of users you are talking about mess with the system files?
Probably not initially - but why hide them? People need to see how this
works, and as they learn, it will gradually become clear. 

Also, to implement your scheme

|-drives & media

Would, I think, require a spaghetti bowl of links that would just make
things more complicated, as far as I can see... As you know, "Programs"
for example don't live in only one place, and neither does "Configuration"
- and so on...

You're right that your suggestion makes my toes curl, though :)

Peter Garrett

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