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    SubjectRe: vfat patch for shortcut display as symlinks for 2.4.18
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    On Sun, 2002-06-09 at 15:05, Albert D. Cahalan wrote:
    > Nicholas Miell writes:
    > >> [ insane abuse of VFAT for multi-user systems ]
    > >
    > > You're not serious, right?
    >
    > I'm very serious. The ability to install without partitioning
    > is important for hesitant new users.
    >
    > Why not? The system might feel "unclean" to you, but it's
    > great for converting the Windows users. Not many people
    > are willing to trash their one-and-only partition, full of
    > data, to experiment with a new OS. Regular users don't
    > keep backups. Linux is the only UNIX-like OS that could
    > do a respectable job of running multi-user on vfat.

    The same thing can be (and is) done using initrd+loopback, with a lot
    less effort and all of the usual Unix filesystem semantics.

    - Nicholas

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