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Category:Application icons[edit]

This category should be merge into the category "Software icons". There is no clear limit between application icons and other software icons, as is apparent from the overlapping content. Paulbe (talk) 12:35, 9 May 2012 (UTC)

Problem is probably more related to a poorly named category: "Software icons" should probably better b e"System software icons". --Foroa (talk) 06:24, 21 May 2012 (UTC)
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Keep Application icons and remove software icons. The contents of software icons should be divided between application icons, a system software icons category and a toolbar button icons category. CyberSkull 10:47, 21 May 2012 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I just came to this page for this exact reason: I wasn't sure were to put a file Software icons or Application icons and were the difference was. The Idea by CyberSkull is not bad, but were do you draw a line between System Software and Applications in general? There should be something done to clarify these categories for sure! -- Patrick87 (talk) 02:08, 30 October 2012 (UTC)
    • Hi. It is rather easy. System software is divided into operating systems, firmware, device drivers and utility software. (Sometimes people says "system software" but they just mean "utility software". Well, that's how English language works. See Synecdoche.) Now, as for the difference between utility software and application software:
      • You run utilities when you want to tend to your computer. You run applications when you want to tend to your business.
      • Applications create or consume contents. Utilities create and consume maintenance-related stuff like partitions, folders and logs.
There are also video games that are software but are not part of either of the two above.
Best regards,
Codename Lisa (talk) 19:54, 5 October 2013 (UTC)