LINUX and UNIX are known as 2 comparable and robust operating systems. Infact Linux is considered a very close cousin of UNIX OS. While LINUX and UNIX have quite a few similarities, still there are plenty of difference between both. In this article we will compare various features of this 2 flavours understand how one is in contrast to other.
UNIX system began in year 1969 when AT&T developed the version of UNIX operating system, which was completely written in C language. On the other hand, LINUX is quite a newbie to the IT market since it came to inception in year 1991. In term of standards, LINUX is an Open Source OS whereas UNIX is only limited to its copywriters. When LINUX was developed, the intent was to spread the product equally amongst home users, developers etc. and UNIX was developed mainly for servers, workstations and mainframes.
When it comes to cost, LINUX is freely available in market with no hidden or associated cost. On the contrary, UNIX incurs cost based on type of variant. From security perspective, 60-100 viruses are enlisted for LINUX OS and 85-120 for UNIX OS. Command line Interface is used by both the OS , however LINUX users prefer GUI more.
Good thing about Linux is that its pretty much portable and can be executed on various hard drives. On the other hand, UNIX OS is not at all portable. Further, some of LINUX variants are Ubuntu, RedHat, Solaris, OpenSuse, etc. while variants of UNIX are AIS, HP-UX, BSD, etc.
Having discussed how both the Operating systems are unlike, below table enlists differences between LINUX and UNIX OS in a tabular format –