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Mac support extremely limited for CEAT applications
Most CEAT software applications, particularly SolidWorks and AutoCAD, do not run natively on MacOS, so a student must run Windows on their Mac to use our software. This has typically been done by repartitioning the hard drive and installing windows (aka, "Bootcamp) or using virtualization software such as Parallels.
However, Bootcamp will no longer work with M1 Mac computers. The new Apple M1 ARM chip does not support Bootcamp and Apple has no plans to offer that support in the future. Bootcamp is effectively discontinued.
Therefore, the only option at this point is to use Parallels (currently the only virtualization platform that runs on the M1 chip). But this option is not feasible for the following reasons:
- The only version of Windows 10 that can run on the M1 chip is the version for ARM processors, which is not even in production yet. A user has to sign up as a beta tester to even get a copy of this O/S, and from our testing it is not stable.
- Parallels will only allocate 50% of the Macs RAM to the virtual session, so you need to double your RAM. For example, to meet the SolidWorks minimum of 16GB, your Mac would have to have 32GB. Very few, if any, student Macs have that much RAM.
- Dassault has not yet announced that they will even support SolidWorks on the ARM processor.
In the coming months, Microsoft may release Windows 10 ARM into production, which *may* give Mac users a path forward. But that is far from certain.
Currently the only options for new Mac users are going to the EN019 computer lab or connecting to our virtual lab.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - OSU
In light of rising cases on campus and a lack of mask wearing indoors in public, OSU administration and I met yesterday afternoon to discuss additional COVID-19 protocols for our campus. While more communications will be coming out this week, we wanted to provide an immediate update about masks on campus.
“Masks Expected” on Campus
Science continues to prove that mask wearing helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. With evidence that the Delta variant is more than twice as infectious and is leading to increased transmissibility when compared to other variants, even in vaccinated individuals, we must be vigilant as a campus community.
With that in mind, we expect masks to be worn indoors, in public on campus. This includes classrooms, laboratories and all indoor meetings and gatherings.
Masks are being made widely available across the campus so that all students and employees will have access to masks. We have updated our campus signage to reflect this expectation so that you may come to campus prepared and immediately download, print and post these signs in your respective areas.
Virtual COVID-19 Town Hall — Thursday, 4 p.m.
To efficiently reach out to all students, employees and parents, President Shrum along with university officials will host a virtual COVID-19 Town Hall this Thursday at 4 p.m. to answer your questions. The town hall will be streamed live on OState.TV.