unix vs linux

Discussion in 'Linux Beginners' started by alexius brooks, Feb 5, 2023.

  1. alexius brooks

    alexius brooks New Member

    What are the basic differences between UNIX and Linux Operating System ?
  2. Taleman

    Taleman Well-Known Member HowtoForge Supporter

  3. pyte

    pyte Well-Known Member HowtoForge Supporter

    Well when we're talking "Linux" as the Linux Kernel itself here are some points that makes significant differences.

    • The Linux Kernel itself is monolithic. Unix can be monolithic or a microkernel or even both of this called hybrid.
    • Linux can use Kernelmoduls which is quiet flexible. Unix on the other hand uses static linking.
    • There is a difference in how processes are managed on the too, but i don't go into details here.
    • Linux is available on a lot of architechtures. Unix supports a few but not quiet as much.
    • Linux is way more "chaning" over the time, where Unixs interfaces usually don't change at all.
    • And one of the main differences: Linux is fully open source software :)

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