Mac vs. Linux for Python Development

Günther Dietrich gd.usenet at
Sun Feb 23 12:34:26 CET 2014

twiz <twizansk at> wrote:

>I've been developing with python recreationally for a while on Ubuntu but will 
>soon be transitioning to full-time python development.  I have the option of 
>using a Mac or Ubuntu environment and I'd like to hear any thoughts on the 
>pros and cons of each.

I've been working with Windows, Unix/Linux (X) and Max OS since 1989. In 
my experience the GUI of Mac OS is the most user friendly of the the 

>Specifically, how's the support for numpy and scipy?  
>How are the IDEs?
>Since I generally like working with a Mac, I'd like to hear if there are any 
>significant downsides to python dev on OsX.  

Eclipse and the PyDev and MercurialEclipse plug-ins are available for 
Windows, Linux and Mac OS.
So, if I had the choice, I would go with the Mac.

Best regards,


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