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Fedora 17 Moves Forward With Unified File-System

Fedora

Published on 27 January 2012 01:54 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora
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Fedora 17 is moving forward with plans whereby the entire base operating system will live within /usr by condensing several common directories that have been long-standing to Linux distributions.

Directories such as /bin, /sbin, /lib, and /lib64 are now being moved to their respective locations within the /usr directory as trying to unify the Fedora file-system. However, as to not break compatibility, symlinks will be in place for redirecting from the old locations. Solaris was actually the first operating system to begin migrating everything into /usr, with the transition having been completed last year with the release of Solaris 11.

The case for merging the entire base operating system within /usr was presented earlier within the Fedora camp, but the actual changes are about to go into effect within Fedora Rawhide for what will become Fedora 17 this May. At the moment for users running Fedora Rawhide and upgrading, some manual steps are needed to change the file-system layout over to the new unified structure. Fedora users wishing to know about the Fedora implementation details and steps to watch out for, read this mailing list announcement.

For those wanting to know why this merge is being done and to clarify what's actually happening, there's this detailed page on FreeDesktop.org that nicely goes over all of the details.

Besides this transition, there's a whole lot of other great features to make Fedora 17 a Beefy Miracle, as it's codenamed.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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