Can Cosine Assist me with my Technology Purchases

Yes, we're happy to find hardware and software for your needs and recommend contacting us first to leverage our educational discounts, bulk pricing, and vendor relationships. We also prefer to verify the hardware you're considering purchasing is something we'll support long into the future:
Please create a ticket using our web form,  email <>, or call our Purchasing Coordinator, Tudy Seistrup, at 541-737-0042 to get the conversation started.
OSU also offers university-licensed software:
For more details on getting software, see: How Do I Obtain Other Software.

What are the Minimum Recommendations for New Hardware


Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 5


250+GB SSD


Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 5


250+GB SSD

802.11b/g/ac wireless


What Software does Cosine Install on New Computers (Standard Build)

Computer software we install by default 

Software Windows Macintosh Linux
Operating system Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise macOS Ubuntu 20.04
Office Microsoft Office 2019 Microsoft Office 2019 LibreOffice
Ant-Virus System Center Endpoint Protection ESET Antivirus N/A
Web Browser Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox Safari Mozilla Firefox
Email Mozilla Thunderbird Built In Mozilla Thunderbird
PDF Reader Acrobat Acrobat 2020 Built In Built In
Secure Shell Putty Built in Built In
FTP FileZilla Built In Built In
Archive Tool 7-Zip Built In Built In

How Do I Obtain Other Software (EndNote, SAS, Photoshop, etc...)

Software not included in the standard build (see Software Installed on a new computer) usually requires that a license be purchased prior to installation. Most of the often-requested software can be purchased/obtained from the university central software distribution.  Most of that software has the installation media located on a network share located at \\\software for Windows and smb:// for macs.  You'll only have access to the software folders for which you've received an email confirming your licensing from the Software Coordinator.  We're happy to help you through that process and we may even be able to do it for you if we're building your computer at the helpdesk.

For a more general list of computer software, see OSU Software Portal.

Additionally, various departments have access to different software online through Citrix.  Please login into to see if what your looking for is available virtually.

For software not found on these services, the university often gets discounts, so we reccomend checking in with us before making any purchases. See: Can Cosine Assist me with my Technology Purchases.

Note: Legal use of all software by OSU departments, faculty, staff and students is essential, so please make sure you are familiar with the license restrictions for any of the software you install or license throught he university. Once you leave the university, you must remove all site-licensed software from your personal computers.  Any valid licenses on your work computers may be transferred to another employee.