I second that: Solaris has excellent scalability and can be free for academics
Tim Cutts wrote:
> In article <7nt8db$ggv$1 at franklin.ljcrf.edu>,
> Dr. Greg Quinn <greg at franklin.burnham-inst.org> wrote:
> >I will shortly be buying a high end multiprocessor pentium box to
> >perform database searches; I am by no means convinced that Linux is
> >the best operating system for high load activity, and have heard
> >better things about FreeBSD than I have about linux in real-life
> >high-use situations. As far as I can see though, Linux rules
> >in the sense that there are far more supported packages in a molecular
> >biology context.
> >Can somone convince me that Linux must be the way to go for a UNIX
> >PC box? Thanks for any advice.
>> Although it is improving all the time, SMP performance on Linux is not
> wonderful. The latest 2.3 development kernels are supposed to address
> the issue, but I don't know how stable they are.
>> I can't speak for FreeBSD.
>> I have heard people say that Solaris is still the one to go for for
> SMP machines; for academics it is not too expensive.