Linux vs Unix for doing bioinformatics

Stephane Bortzmeyer bortzmeyer at pasteur.fr
Fri Mar 3 06:35:27 EST 2000

In article <rgrant-E1E6E4.10252503032000 at nntp-serv.cam.ac.uk>,
 "Richard P. Grant" <rgrant at netscape.net> writes:

> But anyway, I'm assuming that the arguments for/against linux on PC 
> apply to Linux on PPC too?? 

Probably not:

- hardware with PowerPC is more expensive so you lose the advantage of
using Taiwan-made cheap PCs. And the PowerPC is 32-bits like the i386.

- Linux and the applications it runs are less stable on the PowerPC. I
am still not able to compile a kernel on my PowerMacintosh, even if I
did it without trouble on dozens of PCs. Many applications programs
suffer, too, specially those who believe that char is signed.

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