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San Antonio Business Journal: A Challenge for Goliath

Aug 26, 2002, 23:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sandra Lowe Sanchez)

" As a biophysicist working on hydrodynamic modeling of molecules such as proteins and DNA, he needed the systems to run large applications involving complex calculations. He found the systems slow, often crashing in the middle of an application run.

"'I was unhappy with the performance,' recalls Demeler, an assistant professor who directs the bioinfomatics core facility at the Health Science Center.

"Right about that time, a new Unix-based operating system called Linux was emerging, and available for free. Demeler acquired the 'open source' operating system, which allows codes to be tweaked to the individual user's needs, and installed it on the laboratory computers..."

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