I am shortly going to be joining a statistics consultancy where the software I'll be using is R and SAS in Windows.
For years I have been using R with Linux (most previous Windows knowledge has probably been lost) and I know that my job will be far easier this way. I mentioned this at the interview and they were sceptical and asked the reasons why it would be better, and at the time I didn't have a very good reply.
Certainly the cost to moving to Linux will be making collaboration with others at work a little harder, however I want some convincing ideas of the benefits:
- Lots of little things I take for granted, but don't always come directly to mind, e.g. some of the coreutils packages which I know will help when dealing with large data files
- I use Emacs with ESS, Auctex (this is meant to work on Windows also)
- Remote working:
- The ease of ssh to quickly do something while I'm not at work
- I use xpra quite a lot when I need X
- I currently have access to a multi-user server with grid engine to queue jobs. To my knowledge there isn't an equivalent software for windows.
I know that I could run Linux in a virtual machine either as host or guest, but this sometimes add more problems and if Linux is the guest then there are performance/memory issues. Also dual booting just seems like it would waste more time than it saves.