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THE LINUX FILESYSTEM LAYOUT - GENERAL EXPLANATION

Many newcomers to linux have looked at the way it is laid out and cringed. "It looks so different to windows" is a common complaint. This is true, but thats almost the reason we want to move to linux is it not, it is not windows, linux does in fact owe a lot to it's unix heritage. But ranting aside, lets take a look at the filesystem layout in general terms, and see if we cannot demystify it a bit.

Well, thats it. Please be aware that this is nothing but an overview. Things can and do change from distribution to distribution. Also each of these directories could have heaps more detailed information written about them. But the above descriptions are a broad map, which should help you better find your way around, and help you understand, your linux box.