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ggiakas
10-28-1999, 09:24 PM
Hi

I would also prefer to use UNIX instead of windows but....

The administration of a UNIX system is not like windows, especially if
you do not have technical support from your university.

After all NT, is not as bad as 95/98. If one application crashes, NT
will not necessarily die, in most cases you just terminate the
application.

Thanks

Giannis


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Biomechanics and Movement Science listserver
> [mailto:BIOMCH-L@NIC.SURFNET.NL]On Behalf Of edward auyang
> Sent: 28 October 1999 16:09
> To: BIOMCH-L@NIC.SURFNET.NL
> Subject: Re: NT machines versus UNIX machines (fwd)
>
>
> I'm a die-hard Unix person from the start, so my opinion
> may be somewhat
> biased, but I think my reasoning behind it is all well-founded.
>
> 1. Unix is an inherently more stable operating system than
> NT. You have
> much more control over running processes and multiple
> processes in Unix
> than in NT. ie, if you are running multiple windows doing different
> calculations, and one of them crashes, you won't lose the
> other processes
> (as opposed to NT which would probably die on you).
>
> 2. Unix machines (ie, SGI's, SunSparc's, DEC's) are designed to be
> calculation/mathematically intensive processors. Even
> though you may not
> be doing much graphics work (of which, Unix workstations
> are often used
> for), graphics manipulation is essentially all mathematical
> calculations.
> When I did Cardiac MRI and Brain PET/MRI analysis, we
> always used SGI's or
> SunSparcs because when it came down to it, they were more
> reliable and
> faster.
>
> 3. Unix is an ideal multi-user/networking platform. Though NT is
> "designed for multi-user access", Unix truly is. It's
> significantly more
> secure, your file sharing and permissions can be managed
> alot better, and
> remote access is more simple. The workstation would also
> make an ideal
> server if you wanted your own web-server (or had other
> machines running
> linux that you want to rhost to).
>
> I'd say the only advantage of using an NT station over a
> Unix based one is
> cost. Another slight advantage is the availability of word
> processors or
> other"regular" application software, but I'm sure you
> already have other
> systems that satisfy that task.
>
> Hope this helps.
>
> Ed
>
> Edward Auyang || auyanged@email.uc.edu
> Biomechanics and Ergonomics Laboratories
> Department of Environmental Health
> University of Cincinnati Medical Center
>
> On Wed, 27 Oct 1999, Curt G. DeGroff wrote:
>
> > Dear BIOMCH subscribers:
> > To those of you who do heavy computational work.
> > Where are we (collectively if I may) going in regards
> to NT machines versus
> > UNIX machines?
> > I need to buy a new workstation with lots of
> computational horse power. I am
> > not concerned so much with graphics. Most of the CFD or
> FEA software packages
> > that we use support NT or UNIX (SGI, SUN, etc) and do
> not yet support things
> > like LINUX. I hate Windows NT but like many it may be
> time to see the writing on
> > the wall.
> > Any thoughts?
> > Thanks.
> >
> > --
> >
> > Curt G. DeGroff, M.D.
> > degroff.curt@tchden.org
> > University of Colorado - Health Science Center
> > The Children's Hospital, Denver
> > Pediatric Cardiology
> > Cardiovascular Flow Laboratory
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