Scientific programs are usually targeted for linux systems. The problem is, I like working within Windows and I have to manage a linux system within a terminal window. I only execute in linux but I do everything else related to scientific work in Windows like creating graphs, writing up, and coding. Now, when I want to develop python code to run on the remote linux system, I have to have the same packages on my windows machine. Sometimes this isn't always possible (like python-meep because it's impractical (PITA) to build MEEP on anything but debian/ubuntu).
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