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  1. #1
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    Astronomy

    Any professional astronomers using Ubuntu?.

  2. #2
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    Re: Astronomy

    The handful of ones that I know all seem to be Mac guys.

  3. #3
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    Re: Astronomy

    Yeah im an phys with astro student about to start my 3rd year, most of the astronomers (astrophysicists) i know use macs. However some (In particular PHD students) do use linux, it is certainly preferred to windows.
    I got linux myself because its much better for handling the kind of things ill be doing next year. I already know its much better at coping with IRAF than windows (and possibly even better than mac). I am going to be working on astrophysical simulations next year so for the programming its also much better.
    To be honest im not a mac fan so if i ever make it as a pro ill post here in a few years with a real response as a pro who uses ubuntu lol

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    Re: Astronomy

    Another one here

    I'm doing my Ph.D., and I'm in charge of the computer lab and network.

    We use mostly IRAF plus our custom fortran code. Because of the software we've been always a unix place.

    Lately Ubuntu has been the unix flavor of choice here, because of its easy of use (hey, we just want to work), and the free cds canonical sends.

    I don't think we will migrate to macs, as they are expensive here in Mexico, compared to Dell or a local big builder we have in town.

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    Re: Astronomy

    Yeah I dont think macs are good value for money really, they can charge what they like because no1 else sells them

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    Re: Astronomy

    Another grad student here. Everyone else in the lab uses red hat-the flavor supported by the university-but I'm a ubuntu man myself.

    Why do you ask?

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    Re: Astronomy

    This may mean resucitating an otherwise dead thread, but I'm also a grad student in astronomy in Mexico. I've been using Ubuntu continously for ver four years now (since Feisty; though I tried Dapper before), and so far have managed to do my work well (though I've kept Lucid in my laptop & got Natty at the office).

    I use or have used in the past (in various Ubuntu releases):
    IRAF + DS9
    karma
    R
    Scilab & Octave
    MySQL & PostgreSQL
    Lots of fortran, C++ & perl/PDL programming
    A tiny bit of IDL/GDL & python

    [By the way, R is awesome!]

    I just hope Unity (which I hate) won't mess up too much with my work... or Gnome 3, for that matter (still using Gnome 2.X for now, even in Natty...)

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    Re: Astronomy

    hi guys
    i"m new to IRAF 2.16 and I am using iy for my Masters. Im experiencing copying coordinates of the stars from from a xgterm terminal to a text editor. Please help


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    Re: Astronomy

    Thank you for sharing.

    If a post is older than a year or so and hasn't had a new reply in that time, instead of replying to it, create a new thread. In the software world, a lot can change in a very short time, and doing things this way makes it more likely that you will find the best information. You may link to the original discussion in the new thread if you think it may be helpful.

    Thanks.

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