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Difference between Linux and Chrome OS

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  • Last Updated : 07 Jul, 2020
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1. Linux :
Linux is a group of open source Unix-like operating systems which was developed by Linus Torvalds. It is a packaged of Linux distribution. Some of the mostly used Linux distribution are Debian, Fedora and Ubuntu. It was basically written in C language and assembly language. Kernel used in Linux is Monolithic kernel. The target systems of Linux distributions are cloud computing, embedded systems, mobile devices, personal computers, servers, mainframe computers and supercomputers. The first version of Linux was launched in 1991. The most recent version of Linux for personal computers is 5.6 (kernel).

2. Chrome OS :
Chrome OS is a Linux kernel based operating system which is provided by Google. It uses Google Chrome web browser as main user interface. It was developed using C, C++, Javascript, HTML5, Python and Rust. It is used in personal computers known as Chromebook. The first version of Chrome OS was launched by Google in 2009. Google announced it as an operating system in which both user data and applications reside in the cloud. The latest stable version of Chrome OS is 75.0.3770.102.

Difference between Linux and Chrome OS :

It was developed by Linus Torvalds.It was developed by Google LLC.
It was launched in 1991.It was launched in 2009.
It is designed for PC of all companies.It is specifically designed for Chromebook.
Its target system types are embedded systems, mobile devices, personal computers, servers, mainframe computers and supercomputers.Its target system types are Chromebook, Chromebox, Chromebase and tablets.
Computer architectures supported by Linux are IA-32, x86-64, ARM, PowerPC and SPARC.Computer architectures supported by Chrome OS are ARM, IA-32 and x86-64.
Kernel used in Linux is Monolithic.Its kernel type is Monolithic with modules.
Its package management depends on the distribution.Its package management is Portage.
It has the preferred license of GNU GPLv2 (kernel).It has the preferred license Proprietary.
File systems supported by Linux are ext2, ext3, ext4, btrfs, ReiserFS, FAT, ISO 9660, UDF and NFS.File systems supported by Chrome OS are eCryptfs, NTFS, FAT, FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, ext2, ext3, ext4, HFS+, MTP, ISO 9660 and UDF.
The non-native APIs supported by its subsystems are Mono, Java, Win16 and Win32.The non-native APIs are not supported by its subsystems.

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