OK, the computer's got to have an operating system. Go with Fedora, CentOS, or Ubuntu (for Linux), Mac OS X (for Apple hardware), or Windows 7 Professional (not Home and not Vista -- neither "play well" on the CSU network).
- An office productivity suite such as LibreOffice (a free download), Google Docs (which comes with your CSU Google Apps account, or Microsoft Office (which is installed in the computer labs).
- An antivirus software such as Microsoft Security Essentials
All other software needed for classes will be provided in the computer labs.
If you need a copy of Windows 7, one is provided for you at no cost via the Microsoft Dreamspark Program. The Dreamspark program is only available to students in the CSU College of Engineering.
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