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Old 05-03-2013, 11:30 AM   #8
JSWolf
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Originally Posted by jswinden View Post
Based on what data? The FOLDER has been used for over twenty years to describe digital files stored together under some type of classification scheme. At least two major OSes for personal computers even use/d an icon of a manilla folder from an office to represent a digital folder. FOLDER is a legitimate term to use to describe a location, digital or physical, where things can be stored for easier locating. The term directory is far inferior as it implies merely a list of some sort, not a storage location. Even though some OSes now use the term directory rather than folder, it is a much inferior term and in my opinion is misused in OS terminology.
Back when computers didn't have a GUI, they were called directories/subdirectories. They are the very same thing as they were back then. They have not changed. The only difference is now that we have a GUI, a directory/subdirectory is represented by an icon in the shape of a folder. This does not mean that they are now folders. They aren't. They are still the same old directories/subdirectories we've had since day one of disk drives. That is why they are not folders. Because they don't get called what they are based on the shape of an icon. They get called what they are based on the name given to them when they were invented.[/quote]

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But then again, who really gives a rat's backside one way or the other? As long as people understand the meaning conveyed it matters not which term is used. Certainly not worth getting your penguin feathers ruffled.
Then again, most people who call directories/subdirectories folders have no clue how to use a CLI.
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