we are currently using Primer Designer & Clone Manager from Sci Ed Software.
This works quite well for us, but is not free. Staying at Win95 does limit
the amounts of software quite severely. I don't have experience with Linux,
so that's up to you.
hope this helps
Jil Tardiff wrote in message <3741BC42.B33F5684 at westnet.com>...
>>I'm trying to make life a bit easier for my student and I'd like some
>>We have a PC in the lab currently runnning Win95. It is a standalone
>machine (not hooked up to the Net) although it might be hooked up
>>The sorts of analyses we need to do are mostly centered around primer
>design (this is the *big* issue), restriction maps, protein/nucleotide
>alignment and sequence editing.
>One of the big (expensive) packages is currently out of the question.
>>Up until now, we've been using mostly Win software (DNAClub, ClustalW/X,
>and Genedoc). It has been OK, but it is a bit of a pain to swing from
>program to program and we have yet to find a good Win version of a
>Primer design package. The big human genetics lab here swears by Primer,
>but there is no Win version.
>>So, my question is this: do you folks think it is worthwhile to add a
>Linux partition to the lab machine and just use Linux for our DNA
>analysis needs? I know that a number of packages exist for Linux, but
>if any end-users could tell me about their experiences and suggestions
>for the most user-friendly programs, I would greatly appreciate it. My
>student is a complete Linux/UNIX newbie, so I would like to make this as
>straightforward as possible for her. I'm also intrigued by GDE, but
>setting it up seems a bit formidable.
>>I already have Linux up and running on my NT box, so while I'm not a
>guru, I'm certainly not a newbie.
>>Thanks in advance,
>>jtardiff at westnet.com>