Re: "Platform" vs. "OS"?

Subject: Re: "Platform" vs. "OS"?
From: Jan Henning <henning -at- r-l -dot- de>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2003 09:40:51 +0100

I would suggest that "platform" refers to both the hardware AND the OS.
Point: Linux runs on Intel and PowerPC but an application that runs on
Linux (Intel) may not run on Linux (PowerPC) if the manufacturer has not
provided a binary or the means to roll your own.

"Platform" seems to be a relative term. When talking about building a hardware device, the platform might be a processor or chipset. For an operating system, the computer hardware would be the platform; for an application, the combination of operating system and hardware. And for custom applications or plug-ins, the application may be considered the platform. ("We are developing custom messaging solutions based on the Lotus Notes platform.")

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