Graphical web page creation
Mathematical manipulation and calculation
The Minimum Software Bundle
One key advantage of universal student computer ownership is that
Georgia Tech will be in a stronger position for negotiating software licenses and prices.
Cost and functionality were the key factors in choosing software to meet the minimum needs
articulated above. Students may choose to purchase additional capability and there may be
Colleges or Schools which require software beyond the minimum bundle outlined (see
Evolution of the Initiative).
With these ideas in mind, the recommended minimum bundle is:
Microsoft Office (Office 97 for Windows 95 OR Office Mac 4.2.1)
Adobe Page Mill 2.0
Matlab 4.0 (student version or professional version1)
Maple 5 Release 4
Exodus1 (version 5.6 for Windows, 6.0 for Mac)
Quicktime 2.5/AVI Player (Microsoft)
This software will be available to students in the latest versions
for Macintosh (System 7.5.5) or PC (Windows 95) environments.
1 This software may or may not be included in the minimum bundle
depending on vendor pricing.
The SCOC recognizes that the capabilities of a particular piece of
software may change significantly over the 4 - 5 years spent at Georgia Tech by a typical
student. To address this problem, Georgia Tech will negotiate with vendors to provide a
software distribution system which allows updates at little or no costs to the students
Minimum Platform Requirements
The minimum specifications for two computers of relatively
equivalent computing power and cost which are capable of running the minimum software
System I Windows 95 System II MacOS
133 MHz Pentium processor 120 MHz 603e Power PC processor
32 MB memory 32 MB memory
1 GB hard drive 1.6 GB hard drive
15 in. color monitor 15 in. color monitor
Sound card and speakers Sound card (standard) and speakers
8x CD ROM 8x CD ROM
CAT5 (10 BaseT) ethernet interface CAT5 (10 BaseT) ethernet interface
The Georgia Tech Computer Store has available the following
computers that meet these minimum specifications: System I from Dell Computer and System
II from Apple Computer. There are several other manufacturers who make computers that meet
or exceed these specifications. However, in purchasing one of the two systems available at
the Georgia Tech Computer Store, students will be able to take advantage of quantity
discounts negotiated by Georgia Tech. Ultimately, choice of a hardware platform is up to
the student and some students may already own a computer that meets the needs described.
The current price for System I is $1850.00 and for System II
$1880.00 with software costing and estimated additional $300.00 (tax not included).
Software pricing will depend on on-going negotiations with vendors and, with
site-licensing, costs may be reduced to $200.00. Also, hardware prices and specifications
are continually changing. Students are advised to contact the Georgia Tech Computer Store
regarding the most current negotiated price for a computer meeting the minimum hardware
2 Students living off-campus will need to purchase a 28.8K modem
which sells for approximately $100.
In making a decision, students should be guided by the fact that
Georgia Tech will actively support the recommended computers and minimum software bundle.
This means that these items will be available on campus. The Georgia Tech Computer Store
which will also provide, for a fee, after warranty repair service and hardware and
software installation. In addition, help with hardware and software trouble-shooting will
be available. On-campus support for other platforms and software may be limited.
Facilities Provided by Georgia Tech
As a result of this initiative, the focus of campus computing will
shift to take full advantage of student ownership of computers. Computers available on
campus will tend to be more powerful. However, certain basic functions will be maintained
and, in some cases, enhanced. The following is a list of facilities that will be
Clusters for short-term access to computers running minimum software bundle
Departmental clusters with major-specific software (e.g., mathematical
manipulation and calculation, CAD, compilers and data-base)
Servers with licensed software for key courses
Special classrooms and labs for computer-enhanced presentations
Evolution of the Initiative
Because computer technology and the use of computers in the
classroom is rapidly changing, the capabilities needed in a student computer system will
continually change. Colleges and Schools may also impose additional requirements for
software and possibly hardware for students in their majors. For this reason, the
specifications of the minimum Georgia Tech supported system will be reviewed annually and
changes made as appropriate.
Please refer to the following web page for more information on
information technology issues.
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