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Dartmouth offers several Macintosh software programs for your use.
For the past several years Mac OS X has been the operating system that ships on all Macintosh computers purchased from Apple Computer. It is a UNIX-based system that provides improved stability for your computer. Note: New Apple computers no longer start up in any operating system prior to Mac OS X. Computing Services currently provides support for Macintosh operating systems (Mac OS X) versions 10.3.9 and higher. If you are running a computer with a version of the Macintosh operating system prior to version 10.3.9, contact the IT Service Desk at 646-2999 or your department's IT support office to determine if your computer can be upgraded to a supported version.
The Mac OS X operating system is, by default, set to check for updates once a week. When Software Update automatically prompts you, you should install any updates that appear, as they often contain bug fixes. To manually check for updates, select Software Update from the Apple menu, then click Check Now. Install any updates for which you are prompted.
Note: You will need to provide the administrator password for the computer in order to install system updates.
Software and instructions for authentication, public printing, KeyServer, file transfer, telnet, VPN, web browser.
E-mail, Web, backup, calendar, Office updates.
Software tools for research and the classroom.
Publishing, page design, text editing and PDF management software.
Note: All of these software packages in this area are old versions that may not run properly on newer computers. The newest versions of any of these software packages are available for purchase from The Computer Store.
Last Updated: 2/6/13