GCG on VMS vs UNIX (was Re: future software directions)

John Powell jip at helix.nih.gov
Fri Feb 19 08:46:47 EST 1993

>As I understand it, the major benefits of UNIX over VMS are as follows:
>(And I should stress that I am not an expert, just a concerned citizen)
>1] More flexible
>2] Smaller instruction set makes it faster
>3] Supports a graphical user interface

The biggest advantage of UNIX is it is NOT tied to a single venders platform.
UNIX runs on PC's, MAC's, Many Workstations, Supercomputers. Unfortunately,
it is not identical across platforms - there are user differances and
porting software may require some efford - BUT it is still MUCH easier than
moving from say MVS to VMS (or between any two completely differant OS's).

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