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Difference between Linux and Inferno
  • Last Updated : 09 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.

2. Inferno :
Inferno is a distributed operating system which is provided by Vita Nuova Holdings. It is a free operating system. It is written using C and Limbo. Its target systems is NAS, server and embedded systems. It is portable across a broad mix of hardware, networks and environments. The first version of Inferno was launched in 1997. It was developed by Computer Science Research Division at Bell Labs. It is an open source operating system. Its kernel type is monolithic.

Difference between Linux and Inferno :

1.It was developed by Linus Torvalds.It was developed by Bell Labs.
2.It was launched in 1991.It was launched in 1997.
3.Its target system types are embedded systems, mobile devices, personal computers, servers, mainframe computers and supercomputers.Its target system types are NAS, server and embedded systems.
4.Computer architectures supported by Linux are IA-32, x86-64, ARM, PowerPC and SPARC.Computer architectures supported by Inferno are IA-32, PowerPC, SPARC, Alpha and MIPS.
5.Its kernel type is Monolithic.Its kernel type is Monolithic with modules.
6.Its native APIs are LINUX/POSIX.Its native APIs are Proprietary.
7.It has preferred license of GNU GPLv2 (kernel).It has the preferred license of MIT, GNU GPL, GNU LGPL and LPL.
8.The non-native APIs supported through its subsystems are Mono, Java, Win16 and Win32.The non-native APIs are not supported through its subsystems.
9.Its update management depends on the distribution.Its update management is by source or by binary.
10.File systems supported by Linux are ext2, ext3, ext4, btrfs, ReiserFS, FAT, ISO 9660, UDF and NFS.File systems supported by Inferno are Styx/9P2000, kfs, FAT and ISO 9660.

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