We build Phenix on all three platforms, i.e. Windows, Linux and MacOSX. 
Microsoft provides great C/C++compilers for free on Windows. One minor issue 
though is that since our software uses Python 2.7 binary compatibility with the 
python2.7 installer requires that the rest of Phenix is built with the older 
VS2008 compiler. That edition doesn't support the latest bells and whistles of 
esoteric C++ language features but this is not a showstopper.


Subject:  Re: Structural biology software that does not run on Windows or gives 
important Windows-specific problems
From:  Patrick Loll <pat.l...@drexel.edu>
Date:  Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:31:54 -0400
How about the ability to compile code? Are there decent compilers readily 
available for Windows? I like being able to write & compile the occasional 
fortran program {hic sunt dinosaurs}, and it’s easy to do this on a unix-based 
platform like OSX.

If your reasoned arguments fail, I have found that many institutions' 
information technology administrators are easily intimidated by a few random 
references to unix (Rsync! Grep! Bash!). Such words seem to function as charms 
that keep evil spirits (i.e. IT administrators) at bay.

> On 14 Oct 2016, at 11:14 AM, Mark J van Raaij <mjvanra...@cnb.csic.es> 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:
> (Auto)SHARP
> 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
> 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
> http://wwwuser.cnb.csic.es/~mjvanraaij

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