Freeing the Filesystem from Itself
OSNews features an interesting article, discussing the possibility for a new, free-form filesystem which would use metadata extensively, and it would eliminate the need of a hierarchical structure. The files wouldn't even need a filename or a directory to be saved on. Furthermore, no centralized directory would need to exist; all information for a section of the disk could be stored at the head of the section like ext2 and could be easily recovered and indexed at boot time. Files would be retrieved by the user with the help of an intelligent search mechanism. The author also advocates a way of freeing files from their filetypes. Maybe this filesystem in conjuction with an OS like this one, could create some real innovation in personal computing.
(Submitted by Gentu Tue Feb 11, 2003 )
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