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Re: Re: Choosing between Mathematica for Windows and Linux

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  • Subject: [mg36777] Re: [mg36763] Re: Choosing between Mathematica for Windows and Linux
  • From: jmt <jmt at>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 01:50:55 -0400 (EDT)
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I would like to add :
Some characters, at least with a french keyboard, are not directly available 
with the Linux FrontEnd, for instance some accented characters have to be 
typed through their Mathematica "entities" : \[EHat] , \[OHat], etc.
While this is not an issue when programming, it can become quite painful when 
writing documentation.

On Tuesday 24 September 2002 07:34, Rolf Mertig wrote:
> Hoi,
> it depends a bit what you want to do.
> E.g.:  If you want to write applications for clients then go with that
> systems your clients use (probably Windows).
> If you just use it for yourself, for development: use what you like more.
> As for stability: the 4.2 Linux FE ist very stable, there are no crashes 
> anymore, like
> there were in 3.0 times.
> The copy and paste problems are gone if you switch off the KDE Klipper.
> On the other hand, there are a few OS- (or better Window-manager-specific)
> limitations of Linux:
> 1.: you cannot rotate text (i.e., FrameLabel settings will look weird 
> (vertically arranged
>      horizontal letters), you have to use
>      RotateLabel -> False generally, or play with the Fonts settings 
> such that horizontal
>      tick marks still fit)
> 2.: If you work with bigger graphics in notebooks I suggest Windows (or 
> MacOS X) since
>      scrolling through larger notebooks is noticably slower on Linux (at 
> least on my XFree 4.2
>      installation with a not too modern graphics card).
>      Also I find resizing of larger notebooks somewhat slow.
> 3.: If you like to work with keyboard shortcuts: Windows is better, clearly.
> 4.: There are a couple of Font issues which are better on Windows since 
> not all fonts
>       (like some Helvetica) are available for free on Linux.
> If you have more specific questions, feel free to email me   (in het 
> engels, nederlands, duits of spaans)
> Rolf Mertig
> Mertig Consulting
> Berlin

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