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Old 12-08-2016, 05:33 AM   #7
Location: Germany

Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 10

A laptop wouldn't be suitable for most of the bioinformatic task. It doesn't have the power to do complex and intensive calculations. Therefor, ssh to a cluster is the way to go.

As for the OS, I think you should use the one that fits that best to your everyday tasks.

I'm using Linux on my laptop and desktop system and I would recommend it everyone working in bioinformatics. E.g. I have to working with the command line and write several scripts everyday, and it's really suitable to do it in Linux. Do set up the same environment in Windows was always a much more difficult part (if I remember correctly).

I haven't tested a Mac OS, so I can't judge about that.
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