Attention is drawn to the department's Software
Policy which states that all software used in the Chemistry
department, whether on personal laptops or desktops, must be properly
licenced. Each research group should have a computer representative who
maintains a list of all the licenced software. For those groups within the
Theory sector this is currently Catherine Pitt.
Proprietary commercial software
The Theory sector has purchased network licences for several proprietary packages
that may be used by any member of the sector. The workstations are set up
to be able to use most of these already. Personal laptops may be allowed to use
some of these packages. Ask the computer officers for details. The current
list, with some details for how to access licences, is:
Site licences for larger groups of people exist for some products. Please click on the links for
Packages available on Theory sector machines
Other chemistry-related packages
If you want to use other proprietary commercial software then it has to be purchased. University Software Sales offer
very good deals on a variety of useful packages. Note that many of these are only
available for institutional purchase, which means that you can only use
them while you are working for the University of Cambridge.
If there is a proprietary
package you'd like that might benefit the whole sector then it is worth
asking if the sector can purchase it for you.
Other local licence agreements
Most of the software we use locally is Free Software. This means it conforms to
the definition at http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html. One of the most important parts of this definition is that the software is freely redistributable. It's important not to confuse Free Software with software that doesn't cost any money to obtain.
There are some non-commercial packages we use here that are not Free Software. You must not copy these programs onto other machines and if you use them to produce results that are published you may have to cite them in certain ways. If in doubt, please check the licence terms carefully before using. Here's a list of packages that we have entered into non-commercial non-free licence agreements on:
The above list is probably incomplete. If you have entered into any sort
of software licence agreement for machines within the sector that isn't
listed here then please let the group computer representative know so it
can be added to the licence records.