RE: "Platform" vs. "OS"?

Subject: RE: "Platform" vs. "OS"?
From: MList -at- chrysalis-its -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2003 09:05:41 -0500




> -----Original Message-----
> From: DaveC [mailto:peninsula -at- covad -dot- net]

> Hi, All,
> The client's docs refer to Windows and Macintosh as platforms. In
> addition to straightening out their belief that Windows is a
> computer, what's your understanding regarding usage of these terms?
>
> My experience is that a platform refers to Macintosh, Dell, or
> Toshiba, whereas OS refers to UNIX, Windows, or Mac OS.
>
> What's your understanding?

We use "platform" to refer to the customer's combination of
computer, OS (and OS version) -- e.g., Solaris 8 on a Sunfire280R
or Windows 2000 Server SP 3 on a quad-Pentium 4 blah-blah...
Red Hat Linux 8.0 on anything :-)

/kevin

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