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
"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."