Snow Leopard and Windows 7

What is the plan for rolling out Mac Snow Leopard or Windows 7 for SJU-owned computers?

Snow Leopard (Mac 10.6)

We are currently in the testing phase of the Snow Leopard (Mac 10.6) operating system. In order to release Snow Leopard to the community, it must meet specific requirements. This includes compatibility with all university systems, such as Banner, Blackboard, etc.  We will test Snow Leopard with the standard SJU applications and alert the campus of known conflicts, such as Symantec anti-virus for Mac computers.  The Office of Information Technology (OIT) cannot fully support Snow Leopard until these issues are addressed by the software vendors.

Windows 7

We are currently in the testing phase of the Windows 7 operating system. In order to release Windows 7 to the community, it must meet specific requirements. This includes compatibility with all university systems, such as Banner, Blackboard, etc.  We will test Windows 7 with the standard SJU applications and alert the campus of known conflicts, such as problems logging into our SJU domain.  The Office of Information Technology (OIT) cannot fully support Windows 7 until these issues are addressed by the software vendors.

What’s the plan for upgrading campus to the new OS?

This is To Be Determined – specifics will be announced at a later date. Some of our considerations include:

  • Hardware; we will not install a new OS on hardware that cannot support it;
  • Functionality: if there are job-related features in the new OS, an upgrade is more likely to be performed; (Software list to be determined)
  • Availability: upgrades will be done on an ‘as available’ basis, not an ‘as requested’ basis;

Can I buy a new operating system and upgrade my work computer myself?

Absolutely not! This is not permissible and will not be supported. Any systems which are upgraded without permission, will be automatically downgraded to a fully supported operating system, either Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) or Windows XP.