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Difference between AIX and Solaris

  • Last Updated : 27 Jul, 2020

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. Solaris :
Solaris is a proprietary operating system which is provided by Oracle Corporation. It is an Unix-like operating system. It is written in C language and C++. It has a mixed source model i.e open and close source both. It was originally developed by Sun Microsystems which was acquired by Oracle Corporation in 2010. The first version of Solaris was launched in 1992. The kernel used in this operating system is Monolithic with dynamically loadable modules.

Difference between AIX and Solaris :

It was developed by IBM.It was developed by Sun Microsystems.
It was launched in 1986.It was launched in 1992.
Its target system type is Server, NAS and workstation.Its target system types are server and workstation.
It is owned by IBM.It is owned by Oracle Corporation.
Computer architectures supported are POWER, PowerPC-AS, PowerPC and Power ISA.Computer architectures supported by Solaris are IA-32, x86-64 and SPARC.
Kernel type is Monolithic with modules.Its kernel type is Monolithic with dynamically loadable modules.
The native APIs are SysV/POSIX.Its native APIs are SysV/POSIX, GTK and Java.
Preferred license is Proprietary.It has the preferred license of CDDL.
Update management is Service Update Management Assistant (SUMA).Its update management is Image Packaging System.
File systems supported are JFS, JFS2, ISO 9660, UDF, NFS, SMBFS and GPFS.File systems supported by Solaris are UFS, ZFS, ext2, FAT, ISO 9660, UDF, NFS and QFS.

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