Virtual Machines maybe another option. Such as VMWare.
On Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 3:48 PM, Andrew Janke<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> To me this comes down to how much you have wed Microsoft with your
> research. If you can use OpenOffice (we do and the world hasn't
> imploded yet) then I would suggest a linux (Ubuntu?) set of desktop
> machine with quad cores. Then via SGE you can make use of the spare
> CPU cycles at night and during the day.
> If you are wholly wed to MS Office and friends then you have two
> choices. 1. Get Macs as they can do both.  2. Get linux desktop
> machines and buy a few laptops for the MS pilgrims to write their
> papers on and send those all important emails that make the world go
> round :)
> The only problem with going Mac + Linux fileserver will mean that you
> will need two types of sysadmin expertise in your department.
> Andrew Janke
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>  arguably linux can run MS Office via CrossOver Office but I can't
> speak for or against this as I haven't used it.
> On Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 17:39, Steve Smith<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> In FMRIB we use iMacs almost exclusively for desktops, even though they are
>> probably a little more expensive, because it is so convenient to have Unix
>> (FSL, matlab, etc.) and MS-Office tools all runnable directly on your
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