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Linux Magazine: A Tour of the Linux Filesystem: Part I

Aug 27, 2000, 21:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adam Goodman)

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"When a Windows user sits down in front of a Linux system, even one with a decidedly Windows-esque GUI (Graphical User Interface), several differences are likely to make even an intrepid neophyte develop a nervous twitch. But none will cause more consternation than the differences between the filesystems -- Linux has no drive letters, everything is mashed into a single directory tree, and there sure seem to be a lot of directories with similar names."

"If your eyes start to glaze over as you stare at the Linux filesystem, you aren't the first. But as The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy counsels explorers of new worlds, don't panic. It really isn't as overwhelming as it might appear to be. Still, there are quite a few differences between the two filesystems -- enough differences, in fact, that we'll be covering this topic in two parts."

"This month we'll take a look at some of the "big picture" differences, and next month we'll look at the details of how the Linux filesystem is organized and compare it to Windows."

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