How useful is GCG nowadays (vs Macs)

Reinhard Doelz doelz at comp.bioz.unibas.ch
Sun Feb 26 16:31:24 EST 1995

Matthew Bowen Harrington (matt at perutz.salk.edu) wrote:
: [...]  Is GCG worth it?

It seems to become a FAQ :-) but seriously, the GCG package is worth 
its price and return for it. You won't beat the super-huper-duper PC or 
Mac with a stack of CD-ROMS, 4 GB of Hard disk, 17'' monitor screen and 
large resources for purchasing individual software and data licenses, 
though. A small group is already a justification for a workstation
(Despite the attempts to run AceDB on a Mac, many software packages 
these days use the Mac or PC only as *client*, not as reasonable compute
engine for large data set manipulation). A large institute will run 
most economically with cheap Mac/PC desktop equipment and a server with 
data and reasonable server software (such packages like GCG) on it. 
Individual licenses become more expensive if you run a distributed (PC/Mac)
system, as peripherals, licensing and support become a big issue, then. 

Reinhard Doelz 

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