my new essay re filenames, in a no-frills GNU/Linux series

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Sun Nov 13 01:56:34 UTC 2005

I have this November uploaded a new essay to 
my (a site mirrored, 
as a precaution against server failure, 
at The essay  
is of some interest to the Greater Toronto
Linux User Group (to whose listserv I am posting
herewith). The essay is to a lesser degree of interest also to 
the Editors' Association of Canada 
and to the Indexing
and Abstracting Society of Canada (to whose listservs I am
posting in clonings of this e-mail). 
Like essentially all my larger writings, this essay is "Open
Content" in the sense of the GNU Free Documentation
License (FDL) and can therefore be copied, 
and republished, and even rewritten, by anyone 
willing to meet the modest conditions imposed by the FDL.

I explain the essay in a blurb in the introduction to the
"Literary" section of my  
as follows: 
"No-Frills GNU/Linux: Imposing Order on Filenames and Directory
Hierarchies": another in what may be an eventual series of
essays, on running a professional GNU/Linux workstation with
minimal resources. This twenty-thousand-word
(fifty-printed-page?) piece may prove useful even to some
readers outside GNU/Linux, on the one hand to some Microsoft and
Macintosh end users, on the other hand to high-level specialists
in the emerging, nowadays typically XML-driven, disciplines of
"information architecture", "Document Management Systems", and
"Content Management Systems". Here is a section-by-section
summary (displayed also at the start of the essay text itself):
The first section, 'About This Essay' and the second, 'Basic
Workflow Concepts', lay foundations. The third, 'Filenames:
Case, Sort Order, and Related Issues', is likewise foundational,
talking about conventions governing a fundamental chore, the
naming of directories (in Microsoft and Macintosh terminology,
"folders") and their contents. The fourth, 'Allowing a Degree of
Untidiness in the Home Directory', argues that there is no need
to keep one's home directory tidy, provided an appropriate "Big
Four" of subdirectories is present to impose order on what lies
below home in one's filesystem hierarchy. The following four
sections, namely the exceptionally long 'Organizing the
Maintenance Area' and the shorter 'Organizing the
Public-Documents Archive' and 'Organizing the Private-Studies
Area' and 'Organizing the Client Area', explore this Big
Foursome of handy directories. I finish with short sections
entitled 'Further Reading' and 'Acknowledgements'.

The exact URL of the essay is 

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