Mac OS X has won over the scientific community, a leading analyst claims.

IDC senior life sciences analyst Mike Swenson told MacNewsWorld: "The visualization capabilities of earlier versions of the Mac have long appealed to chemists and biologists, and when OS X was introduced it helped invigorate these Mac enthusiasts."

He added: "It also won over some of the scientists who were keeping two computers at their desk; a Windows-based machine for general office productivity and presentations, and a Unix or Linux workstation for scientific applications.

"The BSD core of Mac OS X makes it pretty trivial to port over Linux-based applications, and scientists can still access all the office-productivity applications they need to operate."

To reflect sci-tech's increasing importance, Apple has launched a science track at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).