I read on DistroWatch quite a while back that there's a Linux distribution that installs all application files in /opt directory. However, I do not remember the name of this distribution. Anyone here know what I'm on about?


No distribution which follows the FHS (filesystem hierarchy standard) will use /opt to install anything. That location is reserved for third-party applications.


I know of only one GNU/Linux distribution which dispenses with the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard and installs each application into its own directory structure: GoboLinux.

While it doesn’t use /opt as the location for installing applications (it uses /Programs), it may be the distribution that you’re thinking of.

  • Gobo tries to follow the OSX hierarchy, doesn't it? – muru Jul 13 '15 at 18:03
  • @muru According to Wikipedia, Gobo was influenced by NeXTSTEP which also influenced Mac OS X. – Anthony Geoghegan Jul 13 '15 at 21:04
  • @AnthonyGeoghegan That name does quite ring a bell, but yes, it is the same concept. Wasn't aware that OS X did the same thing. I'll install and have a play. – AnthonyK Jul 27 '15 at 14:41

Maybe Slackware or Linux From Scratch? I don't know for sure, but apps installed to /opt is not that unusual (see http://www.slackware.com/config/rootdir.php or http://www.tldp.org/LDP/Linux-Filesystem-Hierarchy/html/opt.html).

Also possible that an Admin prefers installing apps from sources that are configured to install under /opt by default or such.

I dont know if there is one distro that does specifically install any app just into /opt. I don't think so.

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