FAQ | Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: If I buy a computer to use for work (i.e. University work) with personal funds, can I use the software for which the department and University have site licenses?
A: The answer is more complicated than you might think.

The only technically “site licensed” software we have is Endnote and the Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac package.

The EndNote site license permits installation and use of the software on work and home computers by all current UCD faculty, staff, and students. The software is under a “perpetual license” with updates and support included for the duration of the contract. Contract period is from Sept 1, 2009 through August 31, 2012.

Personal computer should use the free anti-virus solutions indicated on the campus software site: http://software.ucdavis.edu

Most, but not all, other software that folks think of as “site licensed” is actually purchased through a “Volume Discount”.

Licensing details typically vary from product to product. There are no generalizations about software licenses. Each vendor uses its own team of highly paid lawyers to negotiate each licensing contract.

General information about each product can be found on the campus Software Licensing site: http://my.ucdavis.edu/software.

Additional details about software used in the department can be found at http://faq.geology.ucdavis.edu/software/site-licensed-software.html