Re: Experiment: Neophyte versus Windows XP & Debian Woody

From: Erik Steffl (
Date: 11/26/03

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    Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 22:29:27 -0800

    On Tue, 2003-11-25 at 17:12, Tom wrote:
    > On Tue, Nov 25, 2003 at 06:33:57PM -0500, Paul Morgan wrote:
    > > In my experience, /opt and /usr/local have slightly different functions.
    > > /opt would be used for vendor applications, etc., whereas /usr/local
    > > would be used for locally built tools, etc.
    > Adobe Acrobat and VMWare both install to /usr/local.
    > Should they be in /opt or are there further considerations...
    > What does /opt stand for? "Optional"? "Options?"

      according to fhs it's definitely /opt

    > What does /var stand for?

      I guess variable (fhs says: /var contains variable data files)



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