RE: Installation - Configuration

Subject: RE: Installation - Configuration
From: "Nuckols, Kenneth M" <Kenneth -dot- Nuckols -at- mybrighthouse -dot- com>
To: "Edina Monsoon" <edina_monsoon_2005 -at- yahoo -dot- co -dot- uk>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2006 08:11:11 -0400

Edina Monsoon said...

> Hi all,
> Sorry for asking this super stupid question.
> What are the basic differences between *installation*,
> *configuration*, and *system administration*? In my
> opinion, there is a very thin line between the first
> two.

I can only speak for myself as an American user--as you're probably
aware there are significant differences in the meanings of words between
your side of the Atlantic and ours. Having said that, here's the way I
read the three terms:

*installation* - initial loading of software onto a user's machine or
network from the original CDs, DVDs, diskettes, or downloaded .ZIP
files; a user must complete "installation" for the application to run on
his or her system.

*configuration* - setting the desired parameters of the software
application; this may include customizing which module of the
application appears when launched from the menu or desktop icon,
adjusting the menu options, color scheme, or other user-selectable

*system administration* - a user with system administration privileges
is able to modify and customize settings on a computer or across a
network; this may include adding/removing software, users, changing
operating functions, and adjusting security privileges.

Or, put another way:

*installation* is required to make an application run on a computer or

*configuration* is required to tweak an application's performance to a
user's needs or preferences;

*system administration* privileges are needed on a computer or network
to install or configure any software.

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