At William James Hall, there are several good alternatives to buying
software that you need retail.
- Any affiliate of the university can take advantage of the
Technology Products Center's educational discount pricing.
- You may be able to take advantage of university-wide site
licensing agreements. These are agreements whereby Harvard has paid
for the right to be able to let its users get individual licenses very
cheaply ($20 or so). However, these individual licenses do not come
with the manuals or the disks for the software; those are sold
separately (like batteries for toys). Also, you have to purchase them
through an academic department or office, and you have to buy them in
batches of 5 or more.
The individual licensing fee for Apple MacOS system software and
MacTCP is actually $0, so you can get those for free.
To look into getting this stuff, you can email
email@example.com, or call 6-SITE.
In addition, if you are covered by FASCS (Faculty and Staff
Computing Services), they have already paid the individual licensing
fees for all of their users. They will in fact come and install this
software on your machine free of charge.
- If you are a Mac user, you can run some software from the WJHCS
server, using the keyserver license validation protocol. The keyserver
is a system that makes certain that on the WJH network, no more copies
of a program are running simultaneously than the number of licenses we
To access these applications, you must have the keyserver extension
installed and configured correctly. We will do this for you, or you
can follow the instructions below. Once you have keyserver properly
installed, you can use the applications in the "Keyed Apps for new
keyserver" folder on the Applications shared volume.
It is perfectly legal - even encouraged - to copy the software in this
folder onto your local hard drive. These apps have been modified to
check for the keyserver on the network, and will obey the user limit;
if run on a machine not connected to the netwo rk and appropriately
set up for keyserver to do its validation, the apps won't run at
all. The symbol "¤" after the name indicates that the application
has been modified in this way. Copying applications onto your local
hard drive will speed performance greatly, especially when the
network is very busy.
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