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

smith at mcclb0.med.nyu.edu smith at mcclb0.med.nyu.edu
Sun Feb 21 10:14:24 EST 1993

Until DEC introduced the Alpha the issue between VMS and UNIX was often one 
of 'convenience' vs 'speed'.  Since no one can ever agree on how much weight 
to give to either of these two, these discussions mostly degenerate into the 
endless 'religious' wars that have poisoned peoples lives over the last few 
years.  We have an Alpha here on loan and it is the fastest thing on the site 
(at present): and it runs VMS.  It is fairly clear that there will no longer 
be a 'performance' penalty associated with running VMS, if that is best for 

I think that people should concentrate on bread-and-butter reality.  UNIX or 
VMS don't produce the results, the software (e.g. GCG) does the job.  Just 
provide software written following standards like X-windows, Posixs, etc. and 
leave the site to choose the OS best for their environment.  

|Ross Smith,  Research Computing Resource, Department of Cell Biology, NYU-MC|

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