| ||Ask HN: Has anyone ever tried building an OS that doesn't use files?|
33 points by freework on Sept 12, 2014 | hide | past | web | favorite | 64 comments |
|Since the beginning of computer time, all computer systems have been based on the idea of a "computer file". OSX, Linux, Windows, and every other OS has been based on the system of files and folders and filenames and crap like that. I'm not too versed in computer history. Has anyone ever tried making a computer system that does not use files?|
In my opinion, referring to the data that computers deal with as "files" made sense in 1954 when every large company had a "paper file system", but in 2014, I think its time to come up with a new system that better mirrors how we use computers.
I'm working on a project I'm calling "Library Transfer Protocol", which is aiming to replace the concept of "file" and replacing it with 'Library item'. Basically, in 2014 computer usage more closely mirrors the workflow of an author (revisions, publishing, etc), rather than an employee filling up a file cabinet for internal use (thank to the facebook and the like)
Before I get too into this project, I'd like to know if anyone has ever tried doing something like this before.
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