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Main difference between Linux and UNIX operating systems

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The Popular TournamentLinux vs. UNIX

Majority of the people have never given a thought about purchasing an operating system. It comes with the computer when they buy it. A large number of people use Microsoft Windows and have come to expect computers to work in a typical manner; some people have had rationale to even wonder what an operating system is. So picking an operating system is looking at the big portrait of how your computer works. Nearly everyone is familiar about operating systems, such as Windows, iOS, Android or Mac operating system.

Today, get yourself introduced to the other two famous operating systems namely Linux and UNIX. Here you will know about the difference between Linux operating system and UNIX operating system. Both the Operating systems possess similar components but cater hugely diverse purposes & performances in today’s business world.

Mentioned below are few main differences between Linux and UNIX:


 Linux can be far more flexible in comparison to UNIX, as it can fit on almost any hardware excluding a few. Linux is formerly developed for Intel's x86 hardware, ports accessible for 12+ CPU kinds counting ARM. But UNIX OS is very constrained when it comes to the compatible hardware, for example HP-UX is obtainable on PA-RISC and Itanium machines. Solaris is existing on SPARC and x86. AIX is just for the power processors, etc.


 Actually, Linux can be without cost distributed, downloaded, spread through books and magazines, etc. There are also paid versions in Linux, but they are normally cheaper compare to the Windows. On the other hand, UNIX is a paid operating system with different rates for different versions.


 Linux can be set up on an assorted variety of computer hardware, tablet computers, ranging from mobile phones, video game to mainframes and latest desktop, environment, applications, and computers. However, the same cannot be done with UNIX.


Kernel is called as the hub of any operating system. Now as put in plain words in the history part, Linux is just a kernel and integrating it with other elements like compilers, editors, and libraries forms it as an Operating System.

The source codes for most UNIX kernel, in particular the commercial versions, is not offered free. On the other hand, most Linux Operating system source codes are without fee on hand under the GPL and can be read, customized, and used by all and sundry.


 Linux operating system is used by everyone from home users to computer fanatic and developers. On the other hand, UNIX operating systems were developed mainly for mainframes, servers, and big enterprises except OSX, Which is planned for one and all. While, the UNIX setting and the client-server program structures were important elements especially in the development of the Internet.


 Actually if meticulously observed there isn’t much dissimilarity between Linux and UNIX in terms of majority of the commands and functioning that too from an end-user point of view.


 Linux has had about more or less 60-100 viruses found till date. None of them actively is spreading nowadays. And an approximate estimate of UNIX viruses is somewhere between 85 -120 viruses reported by the latest researchers till date.

 Thus, choice between Linux & UNIX from rest of the today’s operating system for an individual solely depends on ones business requirements.



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