“For a fairly scruffy looking guy, I have a surprisingly healthy
approach to organising my files. However, I’m constantly pushing up
against the limitations of a system that is based around
directories. I’m convinced that Linux needs to make greater use of
tagging, but I’m also beginning to wonder if desktop Linux could
abandon the hierarchical directory structure entirely.
“Why is it that web based technology such online bookmarking
makes far greater use of tagging than the Linux desktop does?
Directories for files are based on the way that humans have always
organised items in the real world, using categories and sub
categories. Thanks to powerful computers and cheap, plentiful
storage, tagging now offers a method of storage that isn’t based on
placing files in one place or another.”