Molbiol & Linux?

Alan Bleasby ajb at
Wed May 26 20:41:48 EST 1993

Rather than say `x,y & z' (wrt the question "which molbiol apps have been
ported to Linux) it'd probably be better to ask which haven't.
Providing the C source is available its a relatively easy task to port.

There is no FORTRAN compiler for Linux (mercifully) so GCG isn't an
option BUT, (if you're feeling perverse) a GNU Pascal compiler is
available (PHYLIP 3.5 is available in C though). LISP is also
easily available.

Linux sometimes gets schizophrenic about whether or not its SysV or BSD
but it generally takes little in either alphanum or X to get an
application working. I'd be more interested in hearing about the apps that
don't work than the ones that do.

Summary: If the program is written in (e.g.) C, PASCAL or LISP its
  easily ported (generally). If its written in FORTRAN then there's
  an f2c (FORTRAN to C) program which might help(?)


Alan Bleasby
?RC Daresbury Laboratory (question mark intentional)
Warrington WA4 4AD

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