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Difference Between Linux and Solaris

  • Last Updated : 24 Jul, 2020

Linux operating system was developed in the year 1991 by Linus Torvalds. Linux operating system is known for its open-source support and high flexibility. Over the years Linux OS is highly popular among the industries or its low dependency, high modular, and wide distributions. Linux operating systems are used for their kernel capabilities and their architecture also consists of two layers called Kernel Layer and User Layer.


Solaris operating system was developed int the year 1992 by Sun Microsystems. Solaris Operating system was firstly released as an open-source software but then it was released as licensed after Oracle took Sun Microsystems and reamed it as Oracle Solaris. Oracle Solaris is used for the Service management facilities as it is easy to update and provides the best performance.

Difference between Linux and Solaris

Basis ofLinuxSolaris
Developed byIt was developed by Linus Torvalds.It was developed by Sun Microsystems.
Used forLinux is used for mobile phones and Embedded tablets.Solaris is used for Service management.
Developed withLinux is developed using C language.Solaris is developed using C and C++ both languages.
ThroughputLinux has a decent throughput.Solaris has an excellent throughput.
License requiredLinux is an open-source operating system with no such requirement.Solaris is licensed after Oracle purchased Sun Microsystem.
InstallationLinux installation is simple by Kickstart Installation.Solaris installation requires an automated installer before installing the OS.
DistributionsLinux has a variety of distributions depending upon use.Solaris has no such distributions.
SupportLinux has a wide support with their regular updates.Solaris has software updates and released in batch.

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