Re: MacOS vs. Windows PC for Mathematica?
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- Subject: [mg13827] Re: MacOS vs. Windows PC for Mathematica?
- From: Harald Giese <giese at dkrz.de>
- Date: Sat, 29 Aug 1998 04:41:07 -0400
- Organization: Institut fuer Meereskunde, Universitaet Hamburg
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franki at aerodyne.com wrote: > ... > I'm wrestling with the option of switching platforms. > ... Hi, sometimes I am also thinking about a switch, but to Linux, because Mathematica runs there twice as fast as on a Mac or NT: "Speed comparison of Mathematica on various machines": http://www.informatik.uni-frankfurt.de/~stst/mathstef2.html) However, the complicated installation of Linux deters me. To answer your questions: Windows NT is a very stable system (but Windows 95/98 are not!). NT has a very good memory management and pre-emptive multitasking. Indeed, the long filenames (NT and W95/98) need the extension for linking the appropriate application (though NT offers to hide them). However, considering the problems the change to a new platform will bring (especially from Mac to PC), perhaps you should just wait for the coming Mac OS X - for which Apple promises stability and pre-emptive multitasking. Regards, Harald -- Harald Giese Email: giese at dkrz.de Phone: +49 (0)40 4123 5796; Fax: +49 (0)40 5605724 Institut fuer Meereskunde der Universitaet Hamburg (Institute of Oceanography of the University of Hamburg) Troplowitzstrasse 7, D-22529 Hamburg