Quote:>When I need to use serious programs for serious work, I use
>>What new offers Mathematica in plotting that GnuPlot doesn't have?
> About a million different things!
Please be more precise in this point.
Quote:>>I'm using TeX in writing my thesis. Again, Linux can do it,
>>and X is a big help with TeX.
> I'm also using TeX and*in Windows, and that distribution is FAR
>better than any TeX distribution that comes with the current Linux
>distributions. Hopefully there will be improvement in that area.
It is really an argueble point. What MS-Windows TeX/LaTeX "distribution" are
you talking about? It is "FAR better" than what kind of environment (editor,
graphic package, reference mananger etc) set to use TeX/LaTeX with Linux?
(don't forget that with Linux you are not constrained to
the TeX stuff that comes with Slackware and others). If you are not
specific it is difficult to appreciate your points.
Quote:>> Conclussion: Linux is not only for hackers. At least, there are
>>scientists. Probably more people (ask Mark Taylor), but I let them speak
> I meant that I use it for hacking. Why should I bother making my own
>little math programs or piecing together differnt math programs under Linux,
>when I can use Mathematica for Windows, which is a standard here in the
>physics dept. at Cornell, and in many other places.
Bogdan, I think your messages would be more informative
if you instead of using expressions like "serious programs",
"serious work", "About a million different things",
"FAR better", you qualify your points with facts and
concrete arguments. I think, in addition, that you
should also consider in your analysis
the cost involved in both cases. Not everybody in the network
is in the physics dept at Cornell or is willing
to spend their own money to buy certain things because
they think the eventual benefits don't worth the extra
cost (or they don't have money to spend of this!).
The sort of argument
you used is in general an invitation to lenghty and
frequently non productive religious discussions. With more
elaborate arguments I believe you would do at
least 2 useful things:
- Point out aspects that need to be incorporated in the existing
public domain/free/gnu software to allow them to perform certain
tasks that you perceive as important but are not
- Allow people in the network to point out solutions that
you and others might not know about.