this is my first post, here. Since several years I teach a course named 'numerical methods for differential equations' to physics students at the University of Trieste.
Young physicists learn how to tackle typical physics differential equations by means of numerical and symbolic techniques.
For the symbolic part and for graphics I use Mathematica on a Linux cluster in our informatics laboratory.
We have 10 Mathematica licences (4.0.0 of 1999) and since some time we have had some problems to keep them working throughout the frequent Linux updates. When last year I asked my Mathematica dealer about upgrading I discovered, to my disappointment, that the only option was to buy 10 standard licences at a cost that is rather prohibitive for our budget.
I have some questions for this community:
- does anybody have had similar problems ? Any (legal) suggestion ?
- is this policy (no educational licences, even for University labs) the same in all countries ?
- a suggestion for these situations could be, for example, proposing 'old' versions (e.g. 6 would be fine for us) at a lower price.
Sincerely, Marco Budinich
(University of Trieste, Italy)