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  • Last Updated : 27 Jul, 2020
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1. AIX :
AIX is a series of proprietary operating systems which is provided by IBM. AIX stands for Advanced Interactive eXecutive. Initially it was designed for the IBM RT PC RISC workstation and later it was used for various hardware platforms like IBM RS/6000 series, PowerPC-based systems, System-370 mainframes, PS-2 personal computers and Apple Network Server. It is one of the five commercial operating systems that have versions certified to UNIX 03 standard of The Open Group. The first version of AIX was launched in 1986. The latest stable version of AIX is 7.2.

2. IBM i :
IBM i is an operating system or operating environment which is provided by IBM. It provides an abstract interface to IBM Power Systems. It works through the layers of low level machine interface code or microcode that reside above the Technology Independent Machine Interface and the System Licensed Internal Code or kernel. It enables the IBM Power platform to support a wide variety of business applications and can co-exist alongside other operating systems. It is a closed source operating system. The first version of IBM i was launched in 1988. The latest stable version of IBM i is 7.3.

Difference between AIX and IBM i :

It was developed and is owned by IBM.It was developed and is owned by IBM.
It was launched in 1986.It was launched in 1988.
Its target system type is Server, NAS and workstation.Its target system type are minicomputer and server.
Kernel type is Monolithic with modules.Kernel type is Microkernel and Virtual machine.
Preferred license is Proprietary.Preferred license is Proprietary
It is used for personal computers.It is not used for personal computers.
It is used in computers of all companies. It is majorly used in IBM devices.
File systems supported are NTFS, FAT, ISO 9660, UDF.File systems supported are JFS, JFS2, ISO 9660, UDF, NFS, SMBFS and GPFS.

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