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I'm curious how software can be created and evolve over time. I'm afraid that at some point, we'll realize there are issues with the software we're using that can only be remedied by massive changes or a complete rewrite.

Are there any instances of this happening? Where something is designed with a flaw that doesn't get realized until much later, necessitating scrapping the whole thing and starting from scratch?

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[–] [email protected] 1 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago) (15 children)
[–] [email protected] 8 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago) (14 children)

Filesystem Hierarchy Standard

/bin, /dev, /home and all that stuff

[–] [email protected] 5 points 3 months ago (1 children)

Would be a crazy expensive migration though

[–] [email protected] 9 points 3 months ago

Definitely. As nice as it would be, I don't think it will significantly change any time soon, for several reasons. Not least of which is because several programs would likely just flatly refuse to implement such a change, judging by some of them refusing to even consider patches to implement the XDG Base Directory Specification.

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