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Which computer to buy (NeXT, Mac, PC)...

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  • Subject: Which computer to buy (NeXT, Mac, PC)...
  • From: mtie at (Michael Tie)
  • Date: Tue, 6 Oct 92 10:09:31 CDT


My department is in the process of setting up a Mathematica  
Lab/Classroom, and we are trying to determine which platform (PC,  
Mac, or NeXT) to go with.  I'm very interested in finding out  
what other Colleges and Universities are using...

Which version of Mathematica is the most "User Friendly" and has  
the fewest bugs?

What about performance?  How does Mathematica on a 486/33 MHhz PC  
compare with Mathematica Mac Quadra 950 or NeXTstation Turbo?

Assuming that we have enough money for any of the systems,  which  
would you buy, and what would you buy (system type, memory, hard  
drive space, ...)?  

How portable are Mathematica Notebooks?  I've heard that the .mb  
files are written differently on the different platforms...

Any help that you can provide would REALLY be appreciated.




Mike Tie                            mtie at       

Department of Math/CS               (507) 663-4067
Carleton College

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