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.)