Linux vs Unix for doing bioinformatics

Stephane Bortzmeyer bortzmeyer at pasteur.fr
Wed Mar 1 05:52:25 EST 2000

In article <Pine.SOL.3.96.1000225113218.4072V-100000 at cress>,
 Keith Bradnam <keith at thale.nott.ac.uk> writes:

> Does anybody have any experience of performing intensive bioinformatics
> tasks (e.g. running blast searches, serving databases to the outside
> world) on PCs running linux as oppposed to Suns or DECs?

The Subject: is incorrect. Linux is an Unix, like a dog is a mammal or
an applepie is a pie.

And you have to distinguish hardware and software. I ran blast on an
Alpha/Linux. Linux is not PC-specific and the Alpha do not always run
Tru64 (formerly Digital Unix).
> We are currently looking to upgrade our Sun servers and are curious
> whether switching to Linux on high-end PCs is a better (and maybe cheaper)
> option for doing bioinformatics.

Did you consider FreeBSD-on-PC also? (No, I didn't try myself but I'm
interested if someone did.)

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