Peter Rice pmr at sanger.ac.uk
Fri Jun 16 05:52:35 EST 1995

In article <1995Jun16.101149 at ebi.ac.uk> omond at ebi.ac.uk (Roy Omond) writes:
>In article <19950615124144.bloksber at thomashaw-at.css.msu.edu>,
>bloksber at pilot.msu.edu  (Leonard N. Bloksberg) writes:
>> In Article <3r53pp$efq at reeve.research.aa.wl.com> "schultp at aa.wl.com (Paul Schultz)" says:
>>> The UNIX environment wins hands down in terms of overall performance from
>>> the users perspective.
>> I'll second this.  We switched from VMS to UNIX on an SGI about 2yrs ago, and
>> I've been very happy with it.  Unix makes it easier for me to write batches,
>> aliases, and other tricks to make it easier for the computer illiterate 
>> folks in the lab to use GCG.  As archane as GCG can be, it is now (finally) 
>> in general use in the lab, while under VMS the staff considered it unusable.
>> I don't know where it's easier to run as a sys-admin, but if the end users
>> can't use it on VMS, who cares?  My .02.
>   I hereby express my complete and utter astonishment at this.
>   What *is* the world coming to ?

I second that. Unless the users have trouble finding the "/" key they
should see no difference - and most GCG users get along fine without
it anyway.

Of course they may notice some other effects - like "where did the
old file versions go", and "what does GenEmbl:PAAMIR mean" but if they
never used GCG on VMS they are hardly experts in spotting the

As for batches, aliases, and other tricks - experience in developing
EGCG 8.0 leaves me astonished that you find it easier on Unix.

Really astonished. I mean I nearly fell off my chair laughing.
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