Rename System requirements to "OS support" (Edit: or "Supported OS")

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Rename "System requirements" to "OS support"

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Rename System requirements to "OS support" (Edit: or "Supported OS")

#1 Post by vevy » Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:29 pm

I suggest we rename System requirements to "OS support". Edit: or "Supported OS"

System requirements is more than just the operating system, which this field is about.

Also, it throws me off a lot, getting confused with dependencies in my mind. :oops:

In general, "operating system" or similar wording is used in many places. For example:
  • Wikipedia.
  • Softpedia (Uses "Runs On", and under the hood it is itemprop="operatingSystem").
  • Download.com uses "Operating Systems".
  • tucows.com uses "OS".
  • softonic 🤢 uses "OS".
On the other hand, some sites do use requirements:
  • MajorGeeks uses "Requires".
  • filehippo.com uses "Requirements" (but under the hood: program-technical-tab-os-title).
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Re: Rename System requirements to "OS support" (Edit: or "Supported OS")

#2 Post by webfork » Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:17 pm

I don't have an issue with that, but I do want to point out that one item on the list of available options isn't an operating system: WINE. That program can run on quite a few operating systems, and WINE compatibility also suggests the program is more likely to run in that family of tools such as ReactOS or emulators.

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Re: Rename System requirements to "OS support" (Edit: or "Supported OS")

#3 Post by vevy » Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:28 pm

True. But WINE is there as a stand-in for an OS – the whole kit and caboodle needed to run any Windows software.
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Re: Rename System requirements to "OS support" (Edit: or "Supported OS")

#4 Post by Andrew Lee » Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:14 am

If I am forced to make a choice, I actually kinda like "Runs on".

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Re: Rename System requirements to "OS support" (Edit: or "Supported OS")

#5 Post by vevy » Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:11 am

Andrew Lee wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:14 am
If I am forced to make a choice, I actually kinda like "Runs on".
Fine by me. 👍
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#6 Post by billon » Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:30 am

vevy wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:29 pm
Also, it throws me off a lot, getting confused with dependencies in my mind.
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Re: Rename System requirements to "OS support" (Edit: or "Supported OS")

#7 Post by vevy » Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:33 am

You may be right, but you'd help me and lose nothing. Can you think of any harm in the change?

It is not a major deal either way.
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Re: Rename System requirements to "OS support" (Edit: or "Supported OS")

#8 Post by webfork » Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:29 pm

Andrew Lee wrote:"Runs on"
I can see some real advantages with that. For example, we do have those webpage-based applications (viewtopic.php?p=97672#p97672) that are OS-independent, and I think are going to keep growing. If so, "Runs on" might be the best descriptor.

Then again, maybe one day Java or dotNET Core will actually deliver on a broad, cross-platform capability, and we'll somehow incorporate that. Right now there are only a few rare apps that like DocFetcher and XMind that are portable on multiple platforms.

It also occurred to me that a few of our entries list what "a 3D card with OpenGL support" in the entry, where anywhere else that would be a "System Requirement".
vevy wrote:It is not a major deal either way.
We might decline some suggestions but those remain still welcome here. Thanks for your input.

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Re: Rename System requirements to "OS support" (Edit: or "Supported OS")

#9 Post by vevy » Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:59 pm

webfork wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:29 pm
Andrew Lee wrote:"Runs on"
I can see some real advantages with that. For example, we do have those webpage-based applications (viewtopic.php?p=97672#p97672) that are OS-independent, and I think are going to keep growing. If so, "Runs on" might be the best descriptor.

Then again, maybe one day Java or dotNET Core will actually deliver on a broad, cross-platform capability, and we'll somehow incorporate that. Right now there are only a few rare apps that like DocFetcher and XMind that are portable on multiple platforms.

It also occurred to me that a few of our entries list what "a 3D card with OpenGL support" in the entry, where anywhere else that would be a "System Requirement".
vevy wrote:It is not a major deal either way.
We might decline some suggestions but those remain still welcome here. Thanks for your input.
I think that the OS-compatibility should be its own field. I agree that line between OS and platform is getting a bit blurrier, but out-of-the-box cross-platform works because the underlying platform (e.g. Java) has been developed for multiple OSes and its integration with theses systems under the hood differs. Their point is to abstract the interaction between app and OS so that a developer can write pretty much one code base. Still, the OS is different.

Some of the software sites I mentioned above use things like: "SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS" or "Additional Requirements" for things like Java and .NET.

This is why it confuses me. It is used in multiple places to mean different things.
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Re: Rename System requirements to "OS support" (Edit: or "Supported OS")

#10 Post by Andrew Lee » Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:03 pm

OK, I have made the change.

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#11 Post by vevy » Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:06 pm

Thanks a lot!
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Re: Rename System requirements to "OS support" (Edit: or "Supported OS")

#12 Post by SYSTEM » Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:15 pm

vevy wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:59 pm
I agree that line between OS and platform is getting a bit blurrier, but out-of-the-box cross-platform works because the underlying platform (e.g. Java) has been developed for multiple OSes and its integration with theses systems under the hood differs. Their point is to abstract the interaction between app and OS so that a developer can write pretty much one code base. Still, the OS is different.
Worth noting that this doesn't work on .NET Core. While .NET Core itself is cross-platform, all major UI frameworks for it are a part of "Windows Desktop Pack" which only works on Windows: https://devblogs.microsoft.com/dotnet/n ... lications/
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Re: Rename System requirements to "OS support" (Edit: or "Supported OS")

#13 Post by billon » Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:57 am

Andrew Lee wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:03 pm
OK, I have made the change.
Wait, why? "System Requirements" was absolutely OK for many years, there weren't any confused idiots
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Re: Rename System requirements to "OS support" (Edit: or "Supported OS")

#14 Post by Andrew Lee » Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:08 pm

For me personally, it just comes down to:

1) Simple change to make.
2) "Runs on" is shorter than "System requirements", and seems to convey the same meaning. I am all for shorter, without impact to meaning.

If somehow this was not the right decision, I am OK to revert the change if I sense enough opposition.

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Re: Rename System requirements to "OS support" (Edit: or "Supported OS")

#15 Post by Midas » Sun Sep 20, 2020 6:17 am

Andrew Lee wrote:I am all for shorter, without impact to meaning.

That sums up my rationale pretty much, too.

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