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comment How did we get saddled with the (hierarchical) filesystem as the basic data structure?
@S.Lott You've just answered the wrong question (well, half the question at best) and now you insist that the question wasn't what it was. We've all misread questions, why not admit it? "how are we still saddled with the filesystem?" is asking exactly why no alternative route was taken. And your answer is: because it wasn't. Well, brilliant. :)
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comment How did we get saddled with the (hierarchical) filesystem as the basic data structure?
@S.Lott In that case I think you don't understand what "reason" means. If what you say was a valid argument, we'd all be single-celled organisms. Because well, our ancestors in history were, so we can't be anything else either. It's more likely though that you're just reluctant to admit that you misunderstood the question.
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comment How did we get saddled with the (hierarchical) filesystem as the basic data structure?
@S.Lott Then I think you should read the question again. Not only is it part of the question, it is the question itself. "in this day and age, how are we still saddled with the filesystem"
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comment How did we get saddled with the (hierarchical) filesystem as the basic data structure?
@S.Lott History, as always, only gives half the answer. It will tell you how and why tree-based file systems were invented. It won't explain why we're still using them. After all, many different ways of organising files existed histoically, yet one of them outgrew all the rest. Why this one, why not the others? Or why not something new? You won't find the answer in history.
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comment How did we get saddled with the (hierarchical) filesystem as the basic data structure?
@S.Lott Well, that's because Windows is crap. :) Like I said, this dilemma isn't limited to operating systems either. But I'll raise you FreeBSD.
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comment How did we get saddled with the (hierarchical) filesystem as the basic data structure?
@S.Lott It isn't black and white like that. A small, modular OS has a lot of advantages, that's true. It also spawns miriads of slightly different solutions to the same problem. As it indeed has done in the Linux world. A more bulky, feature-rich OS can do away with those variations that make life hell sometimes. The problem isn't specific to OSs, this dilemma comes up in every software generic enough.
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comment How did we get saddled with the (hierarchical) filesystem as the basic data structure?
@quickly_now Ah, the good old CP/M. :)
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comment How did we get saddled with the (hierarchical) filesystem as the basic data structure?
@S.Lott Don't get me wrong, I agree with your approach, but Windows is saddled with so much useless rubbish anyway, one extra feature won't make a difference. :)
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answered How did we get saddled with the (hierarchical) filesystem as the basic data structure?