Misunderstanding price quotations (Re: the world's ...)

Reinhard Doelz doelz at comp.bioz.unibas.ch
Fri Feb 26 04:04:12 EST 1993

In article <francis.730667018 at monod>, francis at monod.Biol.McGill.CA (Francis Ouellette) writes:
|> broe at aardvark.ucs.uoknor.edu (Bruce Roe) writes:
|> >        GCG is most widely used, very well supported, and approx. $5000 for
|> >		both programs and databases updated quarterly.
|> Well, I think it is about $7-8,000/year with monthly database updates for
           I _assume_ it might be GCG which this is referring to.

|> _unlimited_ users, but only about $4,000 for single user.  But any
|> software that can only have one user at a time is bad idea for me! (and
|> alot of others, I am sure).

Frankly, I have no idea what this discussion is about. Certainly, Francis 
does not have the GCG software package installed. We have GCG installed on 
both VMS and UNIX platforms, and use it with 300+ users, paying one license
each for a multi-headed VAX cluster and a NIS/NFS UNIX cluster. The GCG on 
UNIX can also be used to be run with several executables (SUN, SGI,DEC) from
one mounted version, due to its ability of getting recompiled. You get the 
full source with GCG packages. Due to my ambition to write own extensions, 
which is shared by many in the (advanced) user community, I very much 
appreciate to have a stable version of a procedure library, and full source 
to all code. Also, the devices to be adressed cover the range of installed 
terminals and hardcopy facilities quite extensively. 

With respect to the databases, I do not get these from GCG but we have an own 
distribution system in the European Molecular Biology network (EMBnet). 
We format any of the common databases or updates thereof into GCG format.
Non-common databases can be incorporated also, e.g., we have the Malaria 
database from the WHO and could well integrate it. 

I don't quote the prices I got from IG or GCG.
Price quotations from customers might be difficult to judge for accuracy. 
consult at presto.ig.com for IG, and help at gcg.com for GCG package can give 
best answers via email. 
IG phone is 1-415-6927300 FAX 1-415-962-7302, europe tel. 32-3-219-7845 
GCG phone is 1-608-231-5200 FAX 1-608-231-5202


(Disclaimer: I don't work for any of the companies mentioned. Expressed 
opinion is my own and not necessarily the one of my employer.)

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