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Available Software

Software available to student in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department

The Mathematics and Computer Science department has agreements with Microsoft and VMWare to provide software free of charge to students in our department. The agreement with Microsoft generally provides OS and tools software while the agreement with VMWare generally provides virtualization software.

Both programs are managed by e-academy. Once you have been granted an account, you will receive an email with details on logging in. This system will allow you to get license keys and download the software. When you receive a license key you must agree to the End User License Agreement (EULA). It is your responsibility to abide by the terms of the EULA. Remember that abuse of the terms of the EULA is illegal, unethical, and can have negative consequences for our participation in these programs.

If you wish to participate in either of these programs, contact Steven Huss-Lederman who is the program administrator. You need to provide:

  • Beloit College email address (we do not accept any other email addresses)
  • Your name as recorded with Beloit College
  • Why you are eligible for the program (major/minor or class enrolled)
  • Your expected date for leaving Beloit College. This is often your graduation date but may be different if you are an exchange student or have special circumstances.

The program administrator can also answer questions you may have.

Details on each program are below. Descriptions are for a general understanding. Your are always bound by the terms of the EULA.

Microsoft Software

Overview and software available

The Mathematics and Computer Science Department of Beloit College is a member of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDN AA). Under this agreement, students in our department can receive certain Microsoft software for use at no charge. This includes many Microsoft OSes and development environments. A rough list is available from Microsoft as well as on our e-academy home page for this program. Some training materials are also available. An FAQ is also available.

Who is eligible

Any student who has declared a major or minor in any program associated with the department (Mathematics, Computer Science or Computational Visualization and Modeling) or anyone enrolled in any course in our department is eligible to participate in this program. You may continue to use any software acquired while eligible even after you are not longer eligible. This includes after graduation but your usage must be academic in nature (at all times). The keys granted do no expire but can be invalidated if given it to someone else or violate the EULA.

VMWare Software

Overview and software available

The Mathematics and Computer Science Department of Beloit College is a member of the VMware Academic Program (VMAP). Under this agreement, students in our department can receive certain VMWare software for use at no charge. This includes software for virtualizing a machine (running multiple OSes at the same time). A rough list is on our e-academy home page for this program. Some training materials are also available.

Who is eligible

Any student who enrolled in a qualified course is eligible to participate in this program. A qualified course is one in which the use of this software is applicable to the course. In general, this means you are enrolled in an intermediate or advanced CS course that has a software component. There is a description of usage from VMWare. The keys (license) is granted for a period of one year. You must renew your license every 365 days. This requires that our department is still enrolled in this program (we expect to remain enrolled). Because eligibility can change, you must contact the program administrator at Beloit College to have your eligibility extended for another year. Note you can continue to use software acquired for a course after the course finishes as long as it is non-commercial (academic in nature).