Question: Which Operating System Do You Prefer For Bioinformatics?
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gravatar for Giovanni M Dall'Olio
10.7 years ago by
Barcelona, Spain
Giovanni M Dall'Olio420 wrote:

So, you will probably hate me for asking this question here, as there are lot of forum and blog posts on internet about it and it is also a very subjective question.

However, it may be a starting point for a good discussion, if we don't flame... Which operating system do you usually use for your work? Did you install it by yourself, and do you have administrative rights on it, or is there any IT administrator in your lab?

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gravatar for Simon Cockell
10.7 years ago by
Newcastle
Simon Cockell50 wrote:

All of the 3 major platforms have their advantages, and I use all 3 practically every day. Mac OS X is my primary desktop OS, for a number of reasons, but mostly because I just seem more productive using it than any of the alternatives. All of my coding work is done over SSH on Linux (almost exclusively Ubuntu) servers. The power of Aptitude package management, and the robustness of this platform means that there really is no other choice for this kind of work. Finally I run Windows 7 on my netbook, because it is an excellent OS for that platform, and enables me to do everything I want that machine to be capable of, note-taking, blog writing, as a display machine for Powerpoint etc. It is also useful to have Internet Explorer kicking around somewhere for compatability testing.

I wouldn't consider using any machine that I didn't have admin rights on for work purposes, if I have to jump through hoops to get stuff installed, it just slows me down too much. This is another reason for using OS X for my primary desktop, it allows me to escape the University's "Common Desktop" policy for Windows PCs, which would take control of my computer out of my hands.

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gravatar for User 6996
10.7 years ago by
User 699640
User 699640 wrote:

My tip: install Cygwin if you are using Windows

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gravatar for István Albert
10.7 years ago by
István Albert ♦♦ 310
University Park
István Albert ♦♦ 310 wrote:

Often people are limited to their choices by factors outside of their control. One lab that I work with requires the use of Mac computers another is using Windows mostly. Large scale computations seem to be best suited for Linux systems.

Luckily there is a migration towards unified capabilities across all platforms. Installing Cygwin on Windows allows us to tap into the power of Unix, while Linux distros have advanced graphical user interfaces like Windows and Macs.

From my own observations of non technical people, the installation of new and interdependent software packages seems to be the most difficult on Mac computers and easiest on Windows due to the computational architecture that makes all Windows computers identical.

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10.7 years ago by
István Albert ♦♦ 310
University Park
István Albert ♦♦ 310 wrote:

Tips for installing software om Max OS X:

You can now easily install everything from command line using the port command. List all available software

port list

Install libraries and software. etc:

port install <some-library>
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