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The Fedora Project Proposes New Filesystem Hierachy for OS

Since 1979, Linux, Unix and other operating systems have been following a different, and somewhat arcane procedure for organising files. Now, the Fedora project is proposing a new strategy that may change the old filesystem hierarchy that stores binary applications.

Developers of the Fedora project are making very specific proposals to move executable files into the /usr/bin directory and as-per-need libraries to /usr/lib or /usr/lib64.

Red Hat developers Harald and Kay Sievers made these proposals to clean up the mess created by /bin and /sbin directories when they were severed from each other for the first time. This move brought all the components of the operating systems to one single mounted volume.

According to Lennart Poettering of Red Hat developers, if the libraries and binaries were available in such volume, it would be simple to run more than a few instances of the OS on various machines on one network and it could also facilitate the benefit of snapshots, as reported (opens in new tab) by IT World.

This looks like a good idea on the outset, however, this proposed idea would run counter to the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard (FHS). The FHS is based on filesystem hierarchies of the old Version 7 Unix and Sun operating system/ Solaris.