[Bio-software] RE: [Info-gcg] Other: Re - GCG non-support
Staffa, Nick (NIH/NIEHS) [C]
(by staffa from niehs.nih.gov)
Thu Dec 11 10:28:30 EST 2008
I've heard that the legal cost is a measly $70,000.
Can we find 70 people to put up $1000?
Or 140 to put up $500?
Accelrys is being very wimpy about this;
They should give the thing away and let the chips fall where they may.
Nickolas G. Staffa, Jr. Ph.D.
Telephone: 919-316-4569 (NIEHS: 6-4569)
Scientific Computing Support Group
NIEHS E-WITS Contract
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
National Institutes of Health
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steve Thompson [mailto:stevet from bio.fsu.edu]
> Sent: Monday, November 03, 2008 3:56 PM
> To: Peter Rice
> Cc: mol-evol from magpie.bio.indiana.edu; evoldir from evol.biology.McMaster.CA;
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> Subject: [Info-gcg] Other: Re - GCG non-support
> Hi Peter -
> I'm picking back up on an old thread from summer 2007 re. the Acclerys
> 'retirement.' Since that time several developments, only a few
> in my opinion, have clarified the situation.
> One - my online petition at www.petitiononline.com was very successful
> (http://bio.fsu.edu/~stevet/Accelrys_petition.pdf) in gathering
> signatures, almost 200 in a month, and in fostering international
> exposure, as the BioInform article from April 2008 attests
> (http://bio.fsu.edu/~stevet/BioInformGCG.pdf). But Accelrys remains
> committed to not releasing any GCG code, due to exhorbiant and without
> profit legal expense. So be it and understood - we tried.
> Two - Accelryrs did distirbute the 'perpetual' licenses to all valid
> license holders that were entitled to it, as I announced in this forum
> April 2008, and they worked great, even across multiple nodes in a
> cluster. Thany you Accelrys. However . . .
> Three - We (FSU) upgraded our Linux cluster that supports GCG and many
> other bioinformatics tools to CentOS version 5. Unfortunately, almost
> half of the GCG package now fails due to unresolvable library
> (as I warned would happen - unfortunately sooner than I had hoped).
> systems operations folk initially thought they could fix this but the
> solution has remained ellusive. The affected programs are all the
> 'legacy' programs in the package, although some longtime GCG pragrams
> Pearson's FastA package remain viable.
> Four - SeqLab continues to operate just fine, but without access to
> of the analytic tools of the package, its usefullness is quite
> though I still think it's one of the best multiple sequence alignment
> editors around. This is where you come back in Peter. It may seem
> ask, but the need is actually larger now that so much of the package
> longer works in an Enterprise (or CentOS) Linux version 5 environment.
> I'm sure that I am not alone in this situation. So here goes - I've
> it many time before, and I've begun to do the work myself starting
> PlotCon, but has anybody built SeqLab extension configuration files to
> launch EMBOSS programs?
> Cheers - Steve
> Steven M. Thompson
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