Windows is the current standard as a platform,
but alternatives, such as Macs, are widely used and accepted on campus.
We encourage you to choose the operating system with which you are most comfortable.
Accordingly, the instructor will generally use computer using the Window OS (Operating System) during lectures. On occasion, the interface in Windows will not match the interface in a Mac. While we will try to have examples for all operating systems, it will be useful if, when you find that the Mac view is different, that you take a screenshot of the Mac environment and send it to the instructor. The instructor will ensure that the Mac screenshot is integrated into the class pages pertaining to the situation in which the screenshot was taken.
Macs will work easily for everything we will do in INLS161, though during your student career you may find a need to be able to use a Windows application on a Mac. You may wish to look into using Bootcamp to install both Windows and IOS on your Mac for those situations.
Again from the IT staff at SILS:
Mac users can install Windows virtualization software (such as Virtual Box, Bootcamp, Parallels or VMWare) in order to run Windows-only programs on their computers. Using virtualization software, students can install a Windows operating system on their Mac and then install the necessary Windows applications.
It is expected that students will have virtualization software installed before it is needed in classes. Please note that the process of installing virtualization software and applications can take several hours.
The best alternative is ITS' Virtual Labs, which advertises
Students are no longer confined to physical computers located on campus to access applications that are needed for classes. Applications are now available virtually in the Virtual Lab (VL) through Citrix receiver software that is installed on their device.
VL is an on-demand application delivery solution. This solution enables applications to be instantly delivered as a service to users via computer or mobile devices connected to a network from any location, on or off-campus. This approach gives students flexibility and independence in how and where they work.
Each VL session provides access to applications, shared files, network and USB printers, and CCI printing. The applications are University-licensed using Windows, Microsoft, Linux, Unix, iOS, and Android client platforms.
Access to VL is available 24/7 and open to all Carolina faculty, staff, and students who have a UNC-Chapel Hill Onyen.
ITS has a lot of online resources that you might want to take advantage of. One may be of particular use to you.
We are excited to announce that you will soon have access to LinkedIn Learning, an on-demand learning solution designed to help you gain new skills and advance your career! LinkedIn acquired Lynda.com in 2015, so the University is required to complete the migration to LinkedIn Learning.
Just like Lynda.com, LinkedIn Learning is available at NO COST to UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, staff and students.
You will still have access to all the current Lynda.com content and your history (courses watched, courses saved in Lynda.com, certificates of completion received), plus more than 5,000 new courses. LinkedIn Learning also provides additional insights and social engagement that make learning a more personalized and data-driven experience.
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