Desktop & Laptop Computing
the number of transistors and circuits will double about every two years.
Rio Grande has always attempted to keep computing technology refreshed at a rate balanced between performance and functional utility. Campus Computing & Networking recently deployed new Dell Optiplex 990 desktop systems to all full -ime faculty & staff. These desktop systems feature a CPU mounting stand behind the monitor and are very easy to deploy and service.
Older Dell Optiplex 660 systems formerly used by full-time faculty were recovered as the Tier One systems were distributed. After memory upgrades, these very usable systems were re-imaged with Windows 7 and placed on the remaining desks of part-time faculty, work study students and in utility areas.
The re-use of good, stable systems with remaining utility allows the campus to remain cost effective with desktop computing and focuses the placement of new technology with the full-time faculty & staff.
Operating Systems and Software
Almost every Dell campus desktop is now running Windows 7 and is managed by the Dell KACE system. Microsoft Office, Mozilla Firefox, Citrix, Oracle Java, Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash, plus Symantec Endpoint Security is typical of a standard deployment. Other software often becomes requested and is typically installed by CC&N support staff or self-installed using the KACE Software Library. If the software is frequently requested, the KACE method is most convenient.