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imagine how shitty it would be to use a computer where you can't access the file system. explorer or finder or whatever you use doesn't exist. you can't browse your documents folder, in fact, there isn't one. word documents are stored "in word", and other apps can't access them unless you press a "share" button.

welcome to iOS! the future of mobile operating systems involves the deprecation of the file system. the file system is a messy thing -- users can delete critical files, lose documents, make a mess of symlinks... why should we let them? why teach them not to when you can just prohibit them from doing it entirely?

on android, accessing the file system is a pain in the ass, and when you get there, it's an absolute mess. files are stored five directories deep in weird, unintuitive directories. the internal storage is at /sdcard, and your SD card is /storage/6437-2347. encrypted files are strewn about directories like /sdcard/Android/obb/com.company.appname. it's horrible.

on iOS, it's even worse -- you can't access the file system at all.

this is the way we're heading. the concept of the file system is being abstracted away. it's dying. sure, it'll never disappear -- of course it won't. the unix based operating systems will never do this. windows might. macOS probably will. but that's a good thing, right? you don't want to hurt yourself, do you?

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@boxian unfortunately, no

android is beyond repair in this regard. in fact, i'm running lineageOS on my phone, and i can assure you, the file system is just as bad as it was when i ran stock. at least i'm allowed to access it...

@lynnesbian i guess mobile is just going down this road then? That’s...not ideal

@succfemboi @boxian i got halfway through compiling the linux kernel before i realised that i don't want to go through that mugh effort

@15F9 gnome has been trash since 3, after seeing what they did to nautilus i'm not surprised at all

@lynnesbian @15F9 I switched to Mate bc I can’t stand New Gnome and loved Gnome 2

@lynnesbian it's all about locking their users into their environments. I don't enjoy it but I do understand what they are doing. I also don't see anyone cranking out a fully usable Linux smartphone in the next couple of years but I could be wrong.

@stunder purism's librem 5 looks really promising, i'm hoping it goes well

@lynnesbian on the bright side, microsoft attempted a similar thing and it ended up being too bad for Vista (!!!), so there's hope
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WinFS

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@lynnesbian if i want to delete system32 that is my goddamned right as an american and these commie bastards can't take it from me :V

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@lynnesbian but i do agree, i hate this trend. we are turning computers into appliances that do only what our corporate masters want us to, and it's total bullshit.

we should be making it easier and less pointlessly byzantine to make the computer do what you want it to

@lynnesbian I want to see a filesystem that's abstracted into something else, where that abstraction is *more* useful than our current filesystems.

But that's not what's going on

@lynnesbian My Chromebook has FOUR separate ways I can access the filesystem.

- Android file manager
- Chrome OS file manager
- Debian Linux container (you can share folders and they will give you --x permissions that you can't change, but I'm almost 100% certain that that part is a bug)
- Chrome file:/// protocol

You can also mount SFTP servers as filesystems with a first-party extension and you can mount SMB shares without any extra configuration.

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