I was recently browsing the tags and I noticed something weird. The tag. Currently we can split up the tag into two separate categories.

  1. Questions about configuring operating systems, and
  2. Questions about configuring software.

Right now I feel that when referring to the second context this tag does not provide much taxonomic value. There is no fundamental difference when answering a question about configuring software rather than fixing an error.

That leaves a tag for operating system configuration. This does not really apply to a lot of questions currently tagged . From the a randomly selected example of three questions...

  1. Are there any non-Linux operating systems available?
  2. How do I install an OS image onto an SD card?
  3. How do I install new software?

None of them apply to configuring an operating system. In fact, the only ones I could find that were relevant are the following two.

  1. How would I write a one-off boot script?
  2. Which locale should I select during the Raspbian setup?

So what am I proposing? That we rename the tag to and that the tag would apply to questions that meet the following description.

Any question about the configuration of an operating system.

So for example, a question similar to the following would be on-topic.

How do I set the device's hostname?


  • Your suggestion would require us to retag all new questions because new users will never find os-config. I just don't think that's an intuitive enough name. – Jivings Aug 2 '12 at 8:53
  • @Jivings We can always create a synonym from setup to os-config. – user46 Aug 2 '12 at 16:14

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