Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on February 15, 2007 04:46 AM
It's an interesting idea, although I'm not really sure what real advantages this layout could bring. It looks a lot like the Windows file-system hierarchy to me.
Actually, what I think would be much better is use standard packaging management such as dpkg to manage core applications (basic tools, but also gcc, xserver, and other critical packages) and common programs (i.e. what's usually in a basic desktop or server install) and then be able to add extra packages using the method described here in a special folder (such as Programs, if you like the Windows way of naming things).
This would leave you with the best of the two world: A solid system for core packages including security support etc. and an easy way to add not yet packaged software without breaking the system or having to do major packaging work.