Re: System Requirements

Subject: Re: System Requirements
From: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: Mayur Polepalli <dbmayur -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2007 06:30:20 -0400

No. The person reading the requirements is not necessarily going to have
your level of understanding, and might come up with incorrect
specifications. Let me put on my pointy-haired wig for a moment...

"I'm running Vista x32, but that should not be a problem, because it's
still Vista, probably just a bit slower."

"I'm running Vista x32, which uses only half as much memory as Vista
x64, so I won't have to add any additional memory. It should work fine."

"It doesn't say how much memory I need to add to the machine. I guess
I'd better postpone making any decision until I talk to the guys who
understand memory."

"It doesn't use memory. Vista uses the memory."

You are best off writing the requirements in the usual way, because
that's what your pointy-haired customer understands. No one is offended
by the apparent redundancy, except possibly you.


Mayur Polepalli wrote:
> Hello!
> In software applications, why do we explicitly mention the software/hardware
> requirements that overlap with the operating system's requirements?
>
> For example,
>
> Windows Vista x64 requirements are:
>
> - 1GHz 64-bit (x64) processor
> - 512MB of system memory
> - 20GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space
> - ...
>
> And, Dummy Product's requirements are:
>
> - 1GHz 64-bit (x64) processor
> - 512MB of system memory
> - 200MB of available hard disk space
>
> Is it all right if we only mention the operating system and the additional
> requirements?
>
> The requirements for Dummy Product are:
>
> - Windows Vista x64
> - 200MB of available disk space


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References:
System Requirements: From: Mayur Polepalli

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