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Which is faster for stats, Linux or Apple's OS X?

Linux is found to be much faster than Apple's OS X for statistical computing. And although Linux is 5 to 10 percent faster than Windows XP, both are markedly faster than OS X. Ubuntu is used in the tests.
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Linux, says Jasjeet Sekhon, associate professor, Travers Department of Political Science Survey Research Center at UC Berkeley.

What does the Apple crowd have to say about that?

“I joke that my webserver survived the digg onslaught and my mailserver the Apple fraternity onslaught,” Sekhon told p2pnet. “Joking aside, the response from the fraternity has been mostly but not entirely civil. A running issue has been that they don't think it is fair to compare OS X with Linux because the latter is a specialty operating system. I find this claim to be bizarre.

“One is obviously not going to be running Photoshop on Linux (other than via vmware or something), but the both are general operating systems. In any case, I added the Windows XP results (which I knew about before hand) to the webpage in response.

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