Analysing astronomical data under Mac OS X
Some notes relevant to astro-types thinking about migrating from other *nix platforms to OS X. People keep asking me about it.
The biggest advantage is avoiding dual-boot arrangements and and messing around with
partitions etc., but still having access to commercial packages such as
Microsoft Office (as well as iTunes of course!)
Astronomical data analysis packages that have been ported to OS X (not by any means complete):
- HEAsoft comprising the FTools and XANADU packages for X-ray data analysis (RXTE, ASCA etc.)
- CIAO for Chandra data analysis
- SAS v6.1.0 for XMM-Newton data analysis
- IRAF, a general purpose system for the reduction and analysis of astronomical data (see the dedicated maciraf page)
- Karma, a "toolkit for interprocess communications, authentication, encryption, graphics display, user interface and manipulating the Karma network data structure".
- Fink for GNU tool ports (including xv, the Gimp, tetex etc.)
- XonX, XFree86 on OS X (forget the Apple version)
- OroborOSX allows you to interleave Aqua (OS X) and X windows
- CodeTek Virtual Desktop offers a trial version (although this is a bit redundant now that Exposé is a part of OS X)