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Edina Monsoon wondered: <<What are the basic differences between
*installation*, *configuration*, and *system administration*? In my
opinion, there is a very thin line between the first two.>>
No, there really is a significant difference between them. Compare the
root verbs (install and configure) and you'll see why.
An installation places software on your computer or a physical product
in some physical location. Configuration means either the customization
that you do once something has been installed, or the instructions you
provide to the installer (software or human) about which installation
options to use. In the latter case, configuration steps may be part of
the overall installation procedure, but they're still separate things:
install means "put somewhere", whereas configure means "how to put it
there or why".
Last but not least, administration means "to administer": to babysit
and sweet-talk and thwack and threaten and fine-tune the thing you just
installed. This may involve additional installations (modules, patches)
and additional configuration (changing settings that didn't work