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WINDOWS IS A GOOD OS FOR PHYSICISTS AS WELL

Sep 10, 2016 learning Windows Linux phys-492/592

Ever since I was a physics major student, I’ve heard from time to time people saying something like this “Windows is for layman, Linux is for elites.” Obviously, they regarded themselves as one of the elites. Ironically, in most of the cases, their bosses were using Windows.

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LINUX DISTRIBUTIONS

Sep 09, 2016 learning Linux phys-492/592

There are many versions of Windows, but there is only ONE Windows. Things are quite different in the world of Linux. There are literally hundreds of Linux distributions out there. Many of them look completely different from each other. In fact, some web sites are created to help people compare and choose different distributions. DistroWatch is one of them. The list there is overwhelming for a regular Windows user.

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ROOT AS FUNCTION PLOTTER

Sep 08, 2016 learning ROOT phys-492/592

ROOT plot settings

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RUN LINUX GUI FROM ANY WINDOWS PC

Sep 07, 2016 learning Windows Linux X-window SSH phys-492/592

One can use PuTTY to log into a remote Linux server from any Windows PC. However, this will only give you a command line user interface (CLI). Of course, CLI is powerful enough for you to do most of your analysis task remotely, but sooner or later you will hit the limit of it when you want to visualize your analysis results as plots. This is when you need the help of the X-window system in version 11. According to the wikibooks:

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RUN ROOT OVER SSH THROUGH PUTTY

Sep 06, 2016 learning ROOT phys-492/592

The best way to learn ROOT for a regular Windows user is probably to install ROOT in Windows, which is available from the ROOT web page for ROOT versions before 6. However, sooner or later, you will be asked to log into a much more powerful server running Linux so that you can use ROOT there to analyze data saved in that machine. In that case, you need to use PuTTY to log into the Linux server from your Windows PC.

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Blogs on physics research and educational activities of Jing LIU, an assistant professor in physics at the University of South Dakota. He is an experimental physicist developing novel particle detectors for astroparticle physics and civil use.