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Call for MCS software requests for AY 2019–2020

last modified Mar 11, 2019 03:46 PM
We're now accepting requests for new applications and to upgrade existing applications on the MCS for 2019–2020.

This notice is addressed to all who currently use or are planning to use UIS Training Facilities or Managed Cluster Service (MCS) classrooms including MCS computers in Departments and Colleges, to support their teaching, whether for organized courses or for other Departmental or College teaching. It is also addressed to those desiring to use applications generally on these computers. It covers applications for all three platforms (MCS Linux, Macintosh and Windows).

Requests for new applications and to upgrade existing applications

You may wish to review the list of applications currently available for each platform before submitting your application. If your application is not present, then please submit your request using this form.

All requests for the next academic year must be received by Friday 15 March 2019.

Desktop operating systems

We plan to use the following operating systems in 2019–2020:

  • MCS Linux – yet to be decided
  • macOS – OS X 10.14 Mojave
  • Windows – Windows 10

Please note that for both Windows and Linux, all applications must be capable of running on 64-bit machines.

Licence costs

For some applications, the licence cost has to be borne by the institution requiring the software. The UIS can advise on costs – please enquire by email to . Note also that a request for a new version from one institution may have cost implications for other institutions that also use the software. Consequently, those requesting software are asked to consider the financial implications of their requests for their institutions and for other institutions covered by the MCS.


The outcome

The list of software that UIS expects to be available for the start of the Michaelmas Term will be published on the desktop services software page by the division of the Easter Term.

If you're teaching during the Long Vacation, please note that the installation of newer versions of software may affect your teaching. We aim to make the full set of applications for 2019–2020 available from Tuesday 27 August, so that course givers can check the applications and amend their course notes.

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