I'm new here and I'm really interested in pursuing bioinformatics. I'm currently a first-year MSc student working in a project involving genomics. The actual computer work will be concentrated next year so I have some amount of time to learn everything I can manage. My undergrad is a classic, broad BSc in Biology so I have practically zero experience doing bioinformatics, save for a molecular phylogenetics exercise we did in my elementary genetics course.
So my question is, how different is OSX to Windows in the context of bioinformatics? I'll be buying a new laptop to replace my old one and I'm thinking of moving to OSX (MacBook Pro 13-inch 2015, 2.7GHz Core i5, 8GB RAM) instead of using Linux over Windows (that's the virtual machine, right?). We have a core facility that has supercomputers to run analyses in so I'll be using the laptop as a personal laptop for coursework as well as to write code when the time comes and access the supercomputers to run my data in them. I've read anecdotes that Windows is pretty useless in bioinformatics. Can you shed light on why? And are Macs enough, even though they are less powerful than PCs?
Please treat me as a total newbie and feel free to correct me on any mistakes in my line of thought above. Thanks!
P.S. apologies in advance the unnecessary use of tags. I'm still learning the etiquette of this site. :)