Linked by bcavally on Mon 21st Dec 2009 17:18 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Today there are many operating systems available. Every vendor or community round it tries to make it as good as possible. Having different goals, different legacy and different cultures, they succeed in it more or less. We (end users) end up with big selection of operating systems, but for us the operating systems are usually compromise of the features that we would like to have. So is there an operating system that would fit all the needs of the end user? Is is the BeOS clone Haiku?
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Thanks for the well thought-out post. I'll be looking for some of those Linux titles you mentioned, as I'm building a computer next week that will be dual-booting GoboLinux as one option.

OK I believe we were classifying scientific software differently. You were more thinking about scientific educational software, I was more thinking about scientific software as tools of scientists (due to my perspective of being a scientist). In physics almost all commercial tools are also available for Linux/Unix.

I've worked in a couple of different science fields, and still do. Strip.Log is a program for creating geological logs of drilled wells. MControl is software for interacting with drill monitoring equipment. The archeological firms I've worked at used ArcView and other GPS-interactive software for mapping and spacial analysis of arch sites, as well as more basic GPS/mapping software for more 'everyday' tasks such as simply locating the survey areas.

BTW looking at Orbiter, you might want to have a look at Celestia and Stellarium. Both are OSS and available for Linux/Windows and OSX I believe.

Yes, I use both of those programs, Celestia and Stellarium, in Windows regularly. Orbiter is rather different from those and from typical astronomy / stargazing software, and it's a suitable example of high-quality free software available exclusively to Windows users (threw that in to stay On Topic):

I remember looking around for a friend but had the impression that all the software there was overkill for her requirements. However I'm not really familiar with GIS software so you might want to look there, there's definitely a lot of software for Linux as well.

Advanced GIS users might be able to make use of GRASS (often compared to ArcGIS), but you're correct about overkill. Most casual and recreational map users simply wish to view, edit, and print topo maps; and transfer data sets between the software maps and their GPS unit. Those are basic functions for geocachers, recreational hikers, land owners, archaeologists, and other field scientists.

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