Ahmed Maarouf <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in article <email@example.com>...
> [ Clipped from: comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica ] > > Can somebody help me with the difference between the > student and the professional versions of Mma 2.2.3 for > windows. Some people say they are EXACTLY the same, > others say that the student version doesn't have > the same capabilities as the professional one.
The current shipping versions of Mathematica for Windows are:
Professional Version: 220.127.116.11 Student Version: 18.104.22.168
There is *NO* difference in kernel functionality in the Windows version (the opposite is true for the Macintosh). The student version kernel contains the same library of built in functions, and it makes full use of the processor's capabilities. You also get the same set of standard packages which can be used to enhance the kernel's abilities.
The differences between the student version and the professional version are:
1) Registered users of the professional version get free technical support by phone or by e-mail. Registered users of student versions get installation help by phone or e-mail, but all other queries must be handled by e-mail.
2) The principal reference for the professional version is the second edition of the Mathematica book. The principal reference for the student version is a condensation of the Mathematica book.
3) Access to the Mathematica kernel is password protected on both versions. With the professional version, the password is machine independent. With the student version, the password (or registration key) is machine specific, and is seeded with a serial number called the MathID.
4) Graphics printed by the student version of the front end include a special indicator that the graphic was generated by a student version.
5) Users of student versions cannot subscribe to the MathPlus upgrade program.
6) The student version does not come with the MathLink Developer's kit, which enables the user to interface the kernel with external programs written in C or other languages. It is supplied at the user's request.
> Another questions is about running Mma under windows 95. > After installing Mma 2.2.3, and upon the first run, it > says that I have to choose a protocol. I do so and start > an evaluation. It starts and runs for ever!, even to > calculate 1+1. Moreover, I cannot interrupt it. Can > somebody help me with that please?
Check to see if the kernel can run standalone by selecting Start -> Programs -> Mathematica for Students -> Mathematica Kernel. If a window with an In:= prompt comes up, then its more than likely that you do not have the protocols set up correctly. If you cannot get the kernel standalone window to run, contact Technical Support at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your license number (an eight-digit number that appears on your Mathematica registration certificate).
Help for protocol installation is as close as your release notes. Check to see if there is information about Compatibility with Windows 95. If there is, follow the instructions printed therein. If there is no information, you may have a version of Mathematica that predates the release of the updated Local protocol for Mathematica. To find out how to obtain and install the free patches, go to URL: