Re: [As-users] AfterStep 2.0 beta4 release

Graydon (
Wed, 24 Mar 2004 08:58:34 -0500

On Wed, Mar 24, 2004 at 02:35:26PM +0100, scripsit:
> hi all!
> >>>File type should only be decided from the file contents. It should
> >>>never  be based on filename. Silly tradition of associating filenames
> >>>with file  type comes from equally silly MS Windows, and it'd be
> >>>wonderfull if it'd  stayed in there only. If you want to use more
> >>>MSWindows-nesque system -  please use KDE.
> wow, i had to swallow hard while reading this. this kde statement sounds
> very arrogant to me.

KDE is deliberately designed to be non-threatening to Windows users.
That's one of the reasons I can't stand the KDE window manager, despite
typing this in a konsole window.

> then you should not wonder that nobody uses afterstep
> if you tell them to go away just because they have another opinion.
> after all file extension are a questions of taste -

Well, no.

Whether you look at it from formal filesystem design, traditional unix
practice, or fault tolerance angles, Sasha's dead right.  File names
shouldn't convey *type*, that's distinct information, an entirely
distinct category of information.

The extensions are a dos-descended hack everyone thinks is normal due to
extensive familiarity.

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