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.
Note that the software mentioned resembles Computer Program(s) which
require a license in order to be run unless stated otherwise in a state-
ment codistributed with the software. The use of the program(s) was men-
tioned within a specific problem or example and must not be used to con-
clude that other software products cannot possibly do a similar job. The
opinion expressed is personal and does not necessarily reflect the opinion
of the organization or employer.
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