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Old 03-17-2019, 03:59 PM   #1
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Exclamation What OS (Parallel) & Simulation software (in addition to Matlab) for MacBook Pro


Hi

I'm looking to start building a test environment (based on real-world physics/math law).

Currently, have Matlab & VMware for running parallels, but is there a better way?

I'd rather stick with the MacOS, but if that is not possible which version of Linux would work best?

I've also had experience with Gazebo, but it was pretty confusing.

Helpful recommendations would be greatly appreciated


MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch)
2.5 GHz Intel Core i7
16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB
4 cores
 
Old 03-17-2019, 10:16 PM   #2
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Are you looking for a Linux distro to virtualize or for a Linux distro to dual boot with OS X?
 
Old 03-18-2019, 11:33 AM   #3
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Which would you recommended, I wanted my setup to be as integrated as possible for future complicated simulations.
 
Old 03-18-2019, 05:00 PM   #4
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If you're doing things that will be heavy on system resources, you'll run to actually run the Linux distro on bare metal (i.e. dual boot alongside OS X).

If computing power is not a big concern, then you can virtualize it. Parallels, Vmware, and VirtualBox are all reasonable choices. I personally swear by VirtualBox, but the other two are pretty valid if you're using MacOS as your host OS. You can have multiple Linux versions on hand.

It sounds like your best bet is to dual boot Linux with MacOS. I would recommend before installing to download Live images of various Linux distributions and give them a try on your MacBook Pro. This allows you to see which distros of Linux support your hardware well (pay attention to how well Wi-FI cards, display work) and develop preferences before you commit to installing them.

I live and swear by openSUSE Leap, and admittedly have a slightly snobby attitude towards newer Arch-based rolling distros whatever, but many switch to those once they're more comfortable with Linux. Easy traditional distros to start with would be LinuxMint and Ubuntu, medium but reasonable would be openSUSE, Fedora, CentOS, and Debian. Manjaro is popular and pretty easy out of the box, but is rolling, which means feature changes and occasional bugs can come at random times, although I don't have long term use experience with it personally.

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