[phenixbb] Phenix.refine in WinXP?

Nathaniel Echols nechols at lbl.gov
Thu Apr 22 06:11:00 PDT 2010

On Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 2:11 AM, Stephen Graham <scg34 at cam.ac.uk> wrote:

> P.S. Perhaps it would be easier for the phenix dev team to make and
> distribute a Linux virtual image with phenix pre-installed, rather
> than try to support Windows natively?

Not really - then we'd be expected to support the virtual Linux system too.
 My experience with virtual machines is that they're not particularly stable
or reliable, and the only person I know who runs Phenix this way has
reported issues with the GUI freezing, apparently unrelated to the
networking issues some other people have had.  I still don't know what's
causing that.  Running the most processor-intensive programs on a virtual
machine seems like a waste of time anyway.  For now, I would still recommend
that crystallographers either buy computers from companies that specifically
support Linux on their hardware and will pre-install it, or buy Macs.

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