Template:Infobox OS

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This template can be used to provide a summary for articles on computer operating systems.

Usage[edit]

If the article is about OS version, use {{Infobox OS version}} redirect instead.
{{Infobox OS
| name                   = <!-- Name of program or distribution -->
| logo                   = <!-- filename only (no wikilink, no Image:/File:) -->
| logo caption           =
| logo size              =
| logo alt               =
| screenshot             = <!-- filename only (no wikilink, no Image:/File:) -->
| caption                =
| screenshot size        =
| screenshot alt         =
| collapsible            =
| version of             = <!-- For articles about releases of operating systems ONLY -->
| developer              = <!-- Name of main developer or sponsor-->
| family                 = <!-- "Unix-like" or "Microsoft Windows" -->
| working state          = <!-- "Current", "Discontinued" (operating systems), or "No longer supported" (releases) -->
| source model           = <!-- "Open source", "Closed source", or "Shared source" -->
| released               = <!-- {{Start date and age|YYYY|MM|DD|df=yes/no}} -->
| discontinued           = <!-- DON'T use this for articles about releases of operating systems -->
| RTM date               = <!-- {{Start date and age|YYYY|MM|DD|df=yes/no}} ONLY for articles about OS releases -->
| GA date                = <!-- {{Start date and age|YYYY|MM|DD|df=yes/no}} ONLY for articles about OS releases -->
| latest release version =
| latest release date    = <!-- {{Start date and age|YYYY|MM|DD|df=yes/no}} -->
| latest preview version =
| latest preview date    = <!-- {{Start date and age|YYYY|MM|DD|df=yes/no}} -->
| marketing target       =
| programmed in          =
| language               = <!-- Supported human languages (English, French, Italian, Arabic, ...) -->
| update model           = <!-- APT, Windows Update, etc. -->
| package manager        = <!-- dpkg, rpm, Windows installer, etc. -->
| supported platforms    = <!-- IA-32, x64, Itanium, ARM, etc. -->
| kernel type            = <!-- Hybrid, Monolithic, Microkernel, Exokernel, Nanokernel, etc. -->
| userland               =
| ui                     =
| license                =
| preceded by            =
| succeeded by           =
| website                = <!-- {{URL|www.example.org}} -->
| support status         = <!-- For articles about releases of operating systems ONLY -->
| other articles         = 
}}

Parameters[edit]

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Infobox OS

This template can be used to provide a summary for articles on computer operating systems and their particular releases.

Template parameters
Parameter Description Type Default Auto value Status
Title title Name of the operating system. Displayed at the top of the infobox. If not specified the 'Name' parameter or the PAGENAME are used. It should be plain text. Do not include a wikilink, hyperlink or image in this parameter. string empty empty optional
Name name Name of the infobox. This is used internally in combination with Template:Latest stable software release/'name' and is also displayed at the top of the infobox if the Title parameter is absent. It must be pure text. Do not include any wikimarkup in this parameter. string PAGENAME empty required
Logo logo An image path for the logo associated with this operating system. Logos used must comply with [[Wikipedia:Logos]] guidelines. For example: 'File:Microsoft Windows XP Logo.svg' wiki-file-name empty empty optional
Logo size logo size A width for the image, including the 'px'; the default is '250px'. For example: '106px' string empty empty optional
Logo caption logo caption Icon to display in the title content empty empty optional
Screenshot screenshot A screenshot depicting the operating system in its default configuration. Screen shots should not include any non-standard themes, third-party applications, or personally identifiable information. For example: 'File:Windows 8 screenshot.png' wiki-file-name empty empty optional
Screenshot size screenshot size A width for the screenshot, including the 'px'; the default is '290px'. For example: '200px' string empty empty optional
Screenshot alt screenshot alt An alternative text for the screenshot. For example: 'Windows 8 desktop' string empty empty optional
Caption caption A caption describing the screenshot. Use of the word 'screenshot' in the description can be considered redundant, as the template places the image in a section titled 'Screenshot'. For example: 'Screenshot of the Windows 8 desktop' content empty empty optional
Collapsible collapsible If the screenshot is too big, this parameter set to 'yes' will collapse this line no empty optional
Version of version of Name of operating system. (For articles about particular operating system releases.) content empty empty optional
Developer developer Name of the current developer of the software product. It can be either an individual or an organization/business. For example: 'Microsoft' content empty empty optional
Family family The name of the family of operating systems that this version is a part of. Examples include '[[Microsoft Windows]]', '[[Unix-like]]' and '[[Mac OS]]'; 'Linux' and 'Mac OS X' are not OS families string empty empty optional
Working state working state Working state of the operating system. Can be 'Current', 'Discontinued', or 'No longer supported' line empty empty optional
Source model source model Source model of the operating system. Can be '[[Open-source]]', '[[Closed-source]]', '[[Shared-source]]' or '[[source-available]]'. Do not use 'free software', 'free and open source software' or 'FOSS' as they are mainly licensing models and may or may not use the 'open source' development methodology line empty empty optional
Initial release released The date of first public release of operating system. Should be set to {{Start date and age|Year|Month|Day}}. The value of this field is not shown if 'RTM date' or 'GA date' parameters are set content empty empty optional
Discontinued discontinued Set to 'yes' if operating system is discontinued. Note: operating system versions cannot be discontinued; do not use this parameter in articles about operating systems line no empty optional
Released to manufacturing RTM datefirst release date The date when operating system version was released to manufacturing. Should be set to {{Start date and age|Year|Month|Day}}. Any value in this field disables display of 'Released' parameter. Note: only particular versions of operating systems may be released to manufacturing; do not use this parameter in articles about operating systems content empty empty optional
General availability GA date The date when operating system version became generally available. Should be set to {{Start date and age|Year|Month|Day}}. Any value in this field disables display of 'Released' parameter. Note: only particular versions of operating systems may be released to manufacturing; do not use this parameter in articles about operating systems content empty empty optional
Latest release (version) latest release versionrelease version For operating systems, the version number of latest stable release (for example 'Windows 8.1'). For operating system versions, the version of latest stable build (for example '6.3.9600') line empty empty optional
Latest release (date) latest release daterelease date The date of latest stable release (for operating systems) or build (for operating system versions). Should be set to {{Start date and age|Year|Month|Day}} content empty empty optional
Latest preview (version) latest preview versionpreview version For operating systems, the version number of latest preview ('beta', 'unstable', 'development') release (for example 'Windows 8 Consumer Preview'). For operating system versions, the version of latestpreview ('beta', 'unstable', 'development') build (for example '8250') line empty empty optional
Latest preview (date) latest preview datepreview date The date of latest preview ('beta', 'unstable', 'development') release (for operating systems) or build (for operating system versions). Should be set to {{Start date and age|Year|Month|Day}} content empty empty optional
Marketing target marketing target Target audience of operating system or its version string empty empty optional
Programmed in programmed inprog language Programming languages this operating system is written in. For example: '[[C (programming language)|]]' content empty empty optional
Language language Human languages this operating system is available in. Avoid stating just number of translations or wikilinking languages string empty empty optional
Update model update model Tools or methods of updating operating system string empty empty optional
Package manager package manager Wikilinked name of package management software supplied with operating system content empty empty optional
Supported platforms supported platforms Hardware platforms supported by operating system string empty empty optional
Kernel type kernel type Type of kernel of operating system. Possible values include '[[Monolithic kernel|Monolithic]]' or '[[Microkernel]]''. Note: for Linux distributions, this should be '[[Monolithic kernel|Monolithic]] ([[Linux kernel|Linux]])' content empty empty optional
Userland userland (For Unix-like operating systems) type of userland of operating system. Examples include 'BSD', '[[GNU Core Utilities|GNU]]', etc content empty empty optional
Default user interface ui User interface the default installation of operating system boots into content empty empty optional
License license License or licensing model used for this operating system. May be set either to well-known license or licenses with wikilink (for example: '[[GPLv2]]'), or to licensing model ('[[Proprietary software|Proprietary]]' or '[[Freeware]]') content empty empty optional
Preceded by preceded by For operating system: OS or list of OSs that were officially superceded by this operating system. For operating system versions: previous version of the operating system intended for the same target audience content empty empty optional
Succeeded by succeeded by For operating system: OS that officially superceded this operating system. For operating system versions: next version of the operating system intended for the same target audience string empty empty optional
Official website website Official website of operating system, or page of developer's web site devoted to this operating system. Should be set to {{URL|website}} content empty empty optional
Support status support status Support status of operating system version. Not applicable to operating systems string empty empty optional
Other articles other articles List of related articles. Consider using 'See also' section of the article content empty empty optional

Moving release data outside the article[edit]

The subject's latest release version, latest release date, latest preview version and latest preview date can be moved outside the article. Users visiting the article may click the version number or "[±]" link in the infobox to edit that external source. This mode is very useful for articles about software products whose vendors keep releasing updates or newer versions. With this mode is enabled, users can quickly and effectively edit the release data without editing the article proper (and cluttering its edit history with inconsequential edits).

Note, however, that if |latest release version= or |latest preview version= parameters are explicitly specified, the infobox does not look for external sources. (This can be useful if, for example, the preview version is frequently updated, but the release version is not.)

To make the infobox retrieve release data from outside the article:

  1. Create an external source that supplies data for latest stable release. To do so:
    1. Copy and paste the following URL into your browser's address bar, replacing INFOBOX_NAME with the value supplied in |name= parameter of the infobox:
      //en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Template:Latest_stable_software_release/INFOBOX_NAME&action=edit&preload=Template:LSR/syntax
    2. In the page that opens, fill in the required information.
    3. Save the page.
  2. Create an external source that supplies data for latest preview release. To do so:
    1. Copy and paste the following URL into your browser's address bar, replacing INFOBOX_NAME with the value suppplied in |name= parameter of the infobox:
      //en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Template:Latest_preview_software_release/INFOBOX_NAME&action=edit&preload=Template:LPR/syntax
    2. In the page that opens, fill in the required information.
    3. Save the page.
  3. In the main article, delete |latest release version=, |latest release date=, |latest preview version= or |latest preview date= parameters.
  4. Save the article.
  5. Refresh the article.

Example[edit]

Debian
Debian-OpenLogo.svg
Debian Etch-ja.png
Debian v4.0 ("Etch")
Developer Debian Project
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Initial release 16 August 1993 (1993-08-16)
Latest release 4.0r2 Etch / December 27, 2007; 6 years ago (2007-12-27)
Update method APT (several front-ends available)
Package manager dpkg
Platforms i386 (x86), amd64 (x86-64), PowerPC, SPARC, DEC Alpha, ARM, MIPS, HPPA, S390, IA-64
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux, FreeBSD), Micro (Hurd)
Userland GNU
Default user interface GNOME, KDE, Xfce, and LXDE
License Free software licenses (mainly GPL) and other licenses[1]
Official website www.debian.org
This infobox is just an example, and it isn't supposed to reflect the present state of this particular piece of software, or even make any sense. It is only shown to demonstrate the effect of the options.
{{Infobox OS
| name                   = Debian
| logo                   = Debian-OpenLogo.svg
| logo_size              = x64px
| screenshot             = Debian Etch-ja.png
| developer              = Debian Project
| family                 = [[Unix-like]]
| working state          = Current
| source model           = [[Open source]]
| released               = {{Start date|df=yes|1993|08|16}}
| latest release version = 4.0r2 Etch
| latest release date    = {{start date and age|2007|12|27}}
| kernel type            = [[monolithic kernel|Monolithic]] ([[Linux kernel|Linux]], [[FreeBSD]]), [[microkernel|Micro]] ([[GNU Hurd|Hurd]])
| userland               = [[GNU Core Utilities|GNU]]
| ui                     = [[GNOME]], [[KDE]], [[Xfce]], and [[LXDE]]
| license                = [[Free software]], mainly the [[GNU GPL]], and other licenses<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.debian.org/legal/licenses/|title=License information|publisher=Debian|accessdate=2009-02-28}}</ref>
| supported platforms    = [[IA-32|i386 (x86)]], [[x86-64|amd64 (x86-64)]], [[PowerPC]], [[SPARC]], [[DEC Alpha]], [[ARM architecture|ARM]], [[MIPS architecture|MIPS]], [[PA-RISC family|HPPA]], [[IBM eServer zSeries|S390]], [[IA-64]]
| update model           = [[Advanced Packaging Tool|APT]] (several front-ends available)
| package manager        = [[dpkg]]
| website                = {{URL|www.debian.org}}
}}

References

These references will appear in the article, but this list appears only on this page.
  1. ^ "License information". Debian. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 

See also[edit]