Except for graphics-intensive programs (e.g., Coot, Pymol), it is possible to run Linux within a VM in windows, and you can even share files with the other OS. I actually do it the other way 'round, running Windows in Linux via wine to have a one-box solution for processing data from our Oxford Diffraction instrument for which the software, CrysalisPro (unfortunately) runs only on Windows at the present.

I would personally find doing my entire workflow in Windows somewhat excruciating, especially for maintaining multiple student workstations and data servers. Linux is much easier to maintain for protein crystallography work, I think, for a variety of reasons.

Roger S. Rowlett
Gordon & Dorothy Kline Professor
Department of Chemistry
Colgate University
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346

tel: (315)-228-7245
ofc: (315)-228-7395
fax: (315)-228-7935
email: rrowl...@colgate.edu

On 10/14/2016 11:14 AM, Mark J van Raaij wrote:
Dear All,

our institution requires me to provide a reasoning not to buy a Windows 
computer (I want to buy a new MacOSX system), so I am looking for software that 
does not run or is limited on Windows.

Not available:

Available on Windows but with significant limitations
Phenix (no MR-Rosetta, no parallelization)
CCP4 (limitations on file-names)

Please correct me if pertinent and provide additional examples if possible.

Gratefully yours,


Mark J van Raaij
Dpto de Estructura de Macromoleculas
Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia - CSIC
calle Darwin 3
E-28049 Madrid, Spain
tel. (+34) 91 585 4616

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