Started 6th Mar, 2020

Which Operating System do you use for research?

Mac OS vs Linux vs Windows??
I personally use MacOS but would like to know what other people use for their research work, preferably researchers associated with Computation work. If possible do let me know the reason. This is just a survey.

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Chuck A Arize
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Windows OS

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Miroslav Rusko
Slovak Society for the Environment. Bratislava • Vice-Rector for Science and Art Catholic University in Ružomberok. Slovak Republic
MS Windows OS
17 Recommendations

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László Ady
NextTechnologies Kft
Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, CentOS, Red Hat, Suse. The reason is Linux is open source. Possible to analysate and modify. Lotof partner also use Linux. The documentation and community are big. Stable and easy to automatise. Lot of good quality tools for programing. Easy to build HPC or big server farm.
Regards, László
2 Recommendations
Irshad Ullah
Education Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Windows the reason is user friendly and easily available and also software friendly in terms of installations. Its compatibility is also better.
2 Recommendations
Dilraj Kaur
Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology
I use Mac OS . The main reason is lesser malware and other security issues/ vulnerabilities.
2 Recommendations
Nada N. Saleem
University of Mosul
I use window OS. it suitable for my researches
1 Recommendation
Sandeep B Kadam
Saintgits College of Engineering
I use ubuntu linux for my research because most of the research applications in linux are open source.
2 Recommendations
Maurice Ekpenyong
University of Calabar
I use Windows. Its user friendly and it is what I am most familiar and comfortable with.
Diego Menéndez
Pennsylvania State University
GNU/Linux on both an HPC cluster (Red Hat) and on my desktop (Debian). Reasons: lots of free software (gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html) scientific packages used on the cluster for research that I can build and modify, if needed.
1 Recommendation
Rolf Schumacher
Ing.-Büro Schumacher
I am using Linux as host and client OS on a virtual machine VirtualBox(VB).
It is the stable version of Debian (Mint LMDE). I also have Windows on VB - some software only exists on Windows. As a third option I can switch to the unstable version of Debian (Siduction), to be able to use latest versions of software.
Beside the trouble-free working with Debian/stable (as opposed to Windows) and the flexibility offered by VB, I appreciate that I can backup each virtual OS with all my data, and mount it again on a new laptop, making the transition to new hardware a charm.
To mention is, that you will need lots of RAM - I am using Lenovo T480s with 40G - in order to get full flexibility for switching between OSes.
1 Recommendation
It is left to an individual opinion which one they are comfortable. I prefer windows OS, where one can explore more.
Chakit Arora
Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
Thanks everyone for your replies
Anas Alobaidi
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
im using Linux and windows. both of them completting my job I cant do all the job with one of them. in general for docking and simulation Linux is faster and easier to use but for visualation and analyze the results I cant do it without windows.
2 Recommendations
Ram Krishn Mishra
BITS Pilani, Dubai
ubuntu( Linux) is the best operating systems for the research .
2 Recommendations
I use MacOS for my research with Windows combination
1 Recommendation
José Alejandro Castro
University of the Andes (Venezuela)
I agree with
Arnab Dey
, in my case I mainly use Ubuntu Linux for research.
1 Recommendation
Zheng Zheng
Beihang University (BUAA)
I use Windows for paper writing and ppt preparing, but sometimes use Linux for experiments.
2 Recommendations
Nada N. Saleem
University of Mosul
I use window OS with my research in the field of machine learning
Arpita Dutta
National University of Singapore
I use both Linux and Windows.
For experiment and paper writing, I prefer to use Linux.
On the other hand, for PPT and easy access of excel sheets, and drawing diagrams, I use Windows. Windows is helpful to me whenever I am working offline.
2 Recommendations
Sampath Rajapaksha
Cardiff Metropolitan University
window OS
1 Recommendation
Soner Türüdü
University of Groningen
Of course Window OS
2 Recommendations
Anton Vrdoljak
University of Mostar
MS Windows OS
4 Recommendations
Nico Klingner
Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
MS Windows as OS! Some kind of apps only run native under Windows. For example all professional CAD programs.
However, for open source scientific calculations / simulations, install VirtualBox and install a virtual Linux. It gets seemingly integrated. Doesn't matter which distribution - pick a big one.
1 Recommendation
Omer Faruk Atiz
Necmettin Erbakan Üniversitesi
Windows 10 with WSL2 (Windows Subsystem for Linux) Ubuntu 18.04. It is very nice to have a linux on my right click while navigating on Windows. Ubuntu on WSL2 helps me a lot. If you dont care about the GUI of a linux you should definitely give try to WSL2.
1 Recommendation
I am using Linux since 2013 as my regular OS. Microsoft Windows for gaming and PPTs only.
Saba A. Tuama
University of Information and Technology and Communications
Microsoft Windows OS
1 Recommendation
Mohit Tiwari
Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, Delhi
Fedora Linux 36
5 Recommendations
Obaidullah Bhuiyan
Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University
I prefer windows 10!
1 Recommendation
Miroslav Rusko
Slovak Society for the Environment. Bratislava • Vice-Rector for Science and Art Catholic University in Ružomberok. Slovak Republic
MS Windows OS
17 Recommendations
Chuck A Arize
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Windows OS

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