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From: Aleksey Gurtovoy (agurtovoy_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-04-13 02:25:04

Rene Rivera writes:
> Victor A. Wagner Jr. wrote:
>> I guess it's nice being in a new category all by myself, but I'm
>> kinda puzzled over it.
>> Why do we now have
>> Microsoft (LaruCorp)
>> Win32 (sslapeta, slapeta2, mslater, metacommm)
>> Microsoft Windows (RudbekAssociates)
>> instead of just Win32 like we used to?
>> I don't see any advantage to spreading out the results.
> I guess it's this change..
> The differences are probably from using the OSs idea of the platform
> name.

More likely the Python interpretator's idea of the platform name --
for me, 'platform.system()' + ActiveState Python 2.3.2 consistently
return "Windows" under all three modern variations of the OS (XP,
2000 and 2003).

> You run XP, which reports itself as "Microsft Windows".
> LaruCorp runs, Win2K3, which reports itself as "Microsoft" only.

If that's the case, it's a bug in the interpreter. Carl, could you
please check what 'platform.system()' returns for you?

> My guess would be that when the other Win32 testers post results
> they'll fall onto those two buckets.

Yes, "win32" category should go away as soon as the corresponding
runners upload new results. Of course I was hoping for just one _new_
platform name ("Windows") as well, but it seems that we are not going
to get it for free.

> Don't know what Alexey's intent was though.

The intent was to have reports to display more presentable names for
the platforms -- "Linux" instead of "linux2", "Solaris" instead of
"sunos5", etc.

Aleksey Gurtovoy
MetaCommunications Engineering

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