GCG v8 needs SunOS5.3?

Reinhard Doelz doelz at comp.bioz.unibas.ch
Mon Oct 3 03:48:36 EST 1994

Jasper Rees - Oxford University (jrees at vax.oxford.ac.uk) wrote:

: I guess it doesn't do any harm to point out that its a reasonable assumption
: that the versions that GCG 8 requires are probably those that are currently
: supported on service contracts (certainly true for DEC OS's listed anyway).
: So if you are running an unsupported version of the OS, then you can't 
: really expect to get support from GCG for it either can you? 

It doesn't do any harm either to point out that vendors in general are 
interested in SALES. In the molecular modelling arena there are companies 
which still support previous OS's versions, in particular, as hardware 
vendors adopted the very unfortunate habit that an OS upgrade involves a
hardware upgrade (memory, disk), which is, depending on the available 
budget, impossible. Keep in mind, though, that GCG announced the supported 
OS's very early on at times where the OS vendors still fight with the 
stability of their current verions! Giving you an example, we haven't in-
stalled one vendor's 'new' version yet which is pending for the last year 
and has a couple of oddities, and the most recent hardware model announced 
requires even a more sophisticated, next version... (which is, unfortunate-
ly, even capable of backupporting binaries etc). 


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