Staden Pkg 1999.0 - Free to academics

James Bonfield jkb at mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk
Tue Feb 2 13:36:28 EST 1999

Release 1999.0

We are pleased to announce that a new release of the package is now
being prepared for shipping on CD. A summary of the changes and improvements
is contained in:


New Licensing method

Switching to CD (from previous release) has enabled us to do away with
our requirement for all sites to sign and return a license agreement
before we ship them the package. From Release 1999.0 onwards we will
employ the common practice of making the license part of the packaging:
if you break the seal you agree to the terms of the license. This will
make it much easier for people to obtain the package, especially when
coupled with the change described below.

Package now completely FREE to academic users

Switching to CD has also cut our distribution costs, and by removing
the need to handle the signed license agreements, we have reduced our
administration load, so that we can now supply the whole package on
CD FREE to academic users. This also means that we will no longer give
the option for academic sites to pay in advance for all updates for the
coming year: we will announce each release as it is ready for shipping
and those who want it must email us with their request (and their address).

Commercial users

There is no change to our prices for commercial sites but we will also
change to the new licensing method and hence remove the need for signed
agreements to be passed around.

Windows NT version of the package

An alpha test version of the Windows NT port now exists. Please see the
following web page for more details on this version.

James Bonfield (jkb at mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk)   Tel: 01223 402499   Fax: 01223 213556
Medical Research Council - Laboratory of Molecular Biology,
Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 2QH, England.
Also see Staden Package WWW site at http://www.mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk/pubseq/

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