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Re: Help--which platform to purchase Mathematica for?

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  • Subject: [mg4582] Re: Help--which platform to purchase Mathematica for?
  • From: sinan at (Sinan Karasu)
  • Date: Fri, 16 Aug 1996 05:15:12 -0400
  • Organization: University of Washington, Seattle
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

In article <4tphdu$kl3 at>,
Jim Mashek <mashek at> wrote:
>My research lab will soon obtain our first copy of Mathematica.
>However, we are unsure of which platform to run the program on--
>we have available a Macintosh 7100/66 and a Sun Ultra 1/140.
>I know that my Sun is faster than the Mac (looked at the speed
>comparison web page), but I'm not very familiar with how the
>program feels on the two platforms.  If anyone could offer opinions
>regarding, for example, how user-friendly the two interfaces are,
>I'd greatly appreciate it.  All opinions are welcome.
>Thank you.
>Jim Mashek
>mashek at

I would definitely go with the Solaris version. I have
a Sparc 20 and a Mac 840AV at home. I have Mathematica on
both machines. I got sick and tired of running out of memory
on the Mac (24 MB RAM and 1 GB disk) when I was doing long
(sometimes many many hours computations) I finally gave
up using it on the Mac. Good virtual memory/swapping
subsystem makes all the difference.


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