Solaris on intel experiences

Peter C. Tribble ptribble at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk
Tue Jul 18 09:25:54 EST 2000


In article <Pine.SOL.3.96.1000718143741.12892A-100000 at thale>,
	Jamie Kincaid <jamie at thale.nott.ac.uk> writes:
> 
> Hello,
> Can anyone on this newsgroup share their experiences of running Solaris
> on intel boxes?
> This recently popped up as an option in a Linux v UNIX for bioinformatics
> debate started by my colleague Keith Bradnam.
> 
> I am considering solaris x86 as an option having used Solaris happily on a
> sun machine for some time now but was wondering what differences or
> problems (if any) people have encountered.

Basically, Solaris on Intel (on proper Intel hardware) runs like a
dream. It works great, is a doddle to manage, integrates seamlessly,
and I would highly recommend it.

We run BLAST on quad-processor Dells running Solaris 7. You have to be
reasonably careful in your choice of hardware: random cheap PCs from
the corner shop are unlikely to work well, but servers from the major
manufacturers stand a pretty good chance of working.

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-Peter Tribble
HGMP Computing Services
http://www.hgmp.mrc.ac.uk/~ptribble/







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