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Which OperatingSystem is better for running TOS, Windows or Linux?

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Which OperatingSystem is better for running TOS, Windows or Linux?

Hi! I have a macbook air and thinkorswim runs nice. But I'm about to buy a new desktop computer for 3 screens. I don't know what Operating System install. Whats better for using thinkorswim...windows or linux?

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Hi! I have a macbook air and thinkorswim runs nice. But I'm about to buy a new desktop computer for 3 screens. I don't know what Operating System install. Whats better for using thinkorswim...windows or linux?

TOS is written in Java, which allows it to be run on a variety of operating systems. So the real question then is which operating system do java programs work best on? Mac OS gets the least attention from Java (Oracle) in terms of updates and direct support so I wouldn't put them first.

As far as Windows vs. Linux, I would say Linux probably runs Java apps a little better than Windows since so many users of Java write server-based apps which mostly run on Linux servers. However, the GUI libraries in Java probably work better with Windows UI APIs, which are probably better than Linux UI APIs.

With all of that said, I've never run TOS on Linux, just Windows and Mac OS and it seems to run fine on both so I guess I don't know what I'm talking about.

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I think I'll use Windows, thinkorswim doesn't have official support for linux.

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I have used TOS on Debian Wheezy recently and I found it's generally nice for my uses. (finally a trading platform on Linux that works)

I can allocate 8GB of ram to it on 64 bit to reduce any lag, downside is that it requires a specific version of Oracle Java to run (in the past, openJDK worked).

I think it's better to run it either on Windows or any operating system you use normally. I use linux daily, I don't really see much reason to install a dual boot windows 7 for that purpose though (unlike NT).

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I run Linux Ubuntu on my laptop. it's a couple of years old so I had to go with the 32-bit version.
For me it works out fine since I do most of my stuff on my google chrome-browser. I found it to be a lot faster than windows, and of course safer. You don't have to worry to much about those anti-virus programs and all that stuff.

...for fxcm's tradestation it works fine.... I'm not sure about thinkorswim

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32 bit version?

Does TOS run a bit slower on that setup?

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