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Been using linux for few years, but it seems like everything runs around Windows... Every(Most? 90%) EE software its made for windows, at my school every professor, software its Windows, most companies use windows.... So is there a reason to keep using linux as an Computer Engineering/ Computer Science student?? focused in Programming and Electronics(mostly robotics)
post #2 of 23
Up to you, not the forums.

And there's no reason you can't dual boot.
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Originally Posted by supermiguel View Post

Been using linux for few years, but it seems like everything runs around Windows... Every(Most? 90%) EE software its made for windows, at my school every professor, software its Windows, most companies use windows.... So is there a reason to keep using linux as an Computer Engineering/ Computer Science student?? focused in Programming and Electronics(mostly robotics)

so what if everyone uses it? think (in no way about a fruit) different! programming is a transferable skill. is there anyone piece of software you need you can't find? tell us, maybe we can help.
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so what if everyone uses it? think (in no way about a fruit) different! programming is a transferable skill. is there anyone piece of software you need you can't find? tell us, maybe we can help.

It's not as easy as that for EE. I know someone with the same dilemma, he hates Windows but has to run it for exactly the same reasons.

Really there's only 3 options:
  1. Dual boot (pain in the arse switching OSs though)
  2. Run either OS inside a VM
  3. Or just ditch Linux frown.gif

Personally I opt for #2 for my Windows needs (music production). But I couldn't blame you for picking either of the options.
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Originally Posted by Plan9 View Post

It's not as easy as that for EE. I know someone with the same dilemma, he hates Windows but has to run it for exactly the same reasons.
Really there's only 3 options:
  1. Dual boot (pain in the arse switching OSs though)
  2. Run either OS inside a VM
  3. Or just ditch Linux frown.gif
Personally I opt for #2 for my Windows needs (music production). But I couldn't blame you for picking either of the options.

I think i like 2 as well, now is there one OS better than the other to os the virtual machines?

btw ill be using vmware workstation 8
post #6 of 23
If you are an IT/engineering professional, you will see linux or unix. I am a programmer and I develop on Windows (Because I have to, company workstations are Windows), but I deploy my applications to Linux/Unix servers. Generally if a company has an important application to run, it runs on Unix/Linux. It will hold even more true in your field (Robotics). Anything embedded usually runs unix/linux(gps systems, phones, routers, etc).
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@OP

If you're asking which is a better VM host for the VM tech you intend to use, I honestly don't know. I've used both VirtualBox and VMware on various Linux distributions and they both run perfectly well. VMware is easier to use if you want to use physical HDs, and on Linux you can use LVM volumes as virtual machines but apart from that I think they are about equal.
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so what if everyone uses it? think (in no way about a fruit) different! programming is a transferable skill. is there anyone piece of software you need you can't find? tell us, maybe we can help.

 

Its the way the world works, sometimes linux isn't the ultimate solution, or even an option. With at least with the "fruit" option, you sorta have the best of both worlds.

 

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It's not as easy as that for EE. I know someone with the same dilemma, he hates Windows but has to run it for exactly the same reasons.
Really there's only 3 options:
  1. Dual boot (pain in the arse switching OSs though)
  2. Run either OS inside a VM
  3. Or just ditch Linux frown.gif
Personally I opt for #2 for my Windows needs (music production). But I couldn't blame you for picking either of the options.

 

I agree option 2 is probably the best option in this case.

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I think i like 2 as well, now is there one OS better than the other to os the virtual machines?
btw ill be using vmware workstation 8

 

depends on which one you need to have the better hardware support :). either one can handle VM's just fine, so its up to you :)

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im guessing runing vmware workstation on top of linux would be better than runnning it on top of windows just because less crap running in the background
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I think i like 2 as well, now is there one OS better than the other to os the virtual machines?
btw ill be using vmware workstation 8

Personally I'd recommend running Windows in the VM as it sounds like it's Linux you want as your base OS. So give that a try and if you're struggling to passthough any devices you need or don't have enough resources then try the other way around
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