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Linux Box Admin: Linux/Mac/Windows File Name Friction

Jul 10, 2006, 20:00 (0 Talkback[s])

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"In 1995, Microsoft added long file name support to Windows, allowing more descriptive names than the limited 8.3 DOS format. Mac users scoffed, having had long file names for a decade and because Windows still stored a DOS file name in the background. Linux was born with long file name support four years before it showed up in Windows. Today, long file names are well supported by all three operating systems though key differences remain.

"One of first culture shocks for people moving from Windows to Linux is the case sensitivity of file names. These files: 'filename,' 'Filename,' and 'FileName' are the same file in Windows but three unique files in Linux..."

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