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The 2011 survey of software usage in neuroscience research

The results of an online survey in which neuroscientists were asked to share some details about their computing environments are available. A paper (PDF) by Michael Hanke and Yaroslav O. Halchenko shows that GNU/Linux is prevalent in neuroscience computing. "GNU/Linux is often perceived as a huge heterogeneous family of distributions that is impossible to support as a whole. However, our data show that the vast majority of all GNU/Linux-based neuroscientists use only two flavors of this platform: Red Hat-based, and Debian-based GNU/Linux distributions, with a preference for Debian-based systems in the personal environment." (Thanks to Adrian M. Whatley)
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