Windows for Data Science? A Setup Guide
14 December 2016
macOS and Linux, the de facto OSes of choice due to their ease of use and compatibility with tooling, right? Then what’s this I’m hearing lately? The winds of change whispering after the ho-hum new Macbook Pro?
With Windows 10’s new Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) aka Bash on Ubuntu on Windows on the fast track to becoming a full fledged Linux VM replacement, there is little, if anything, in our data science stack that can’t run on a Windows box. It might actually, knock on wood, become preferrable to do so soon. Take a look at TensorFlow’s performance on Windows. If you have a Nvidia 10-series GPU, you’ll be wiping the floor with Macs.
Hold up for a moment though. Since WSL is still in beta, there are a handful of gotchas that you’ll need to address. This guide aims to outline all the steps necessary to get you up and data crunching. If you find it too verbose, just do the Quick Start section.... Read More