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  • Last Updated : 13 Jul, 2020
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1. macOS :
macOS is a series of proprietary graphical operating systems which is provided by Apple Incorporation. It was earlier known as Mac OS X and later OS X. It is specifically designed for Apple mac computers. It is based on Unix operating system. It was developed using C, C++, Objective-C, assembly language and Swift. It is second most used operating system in personal computers after Windows. The first version of macOS was launched by Apple in 2001.

2. AIX :
AIX is a series of proprietary operating systems which is provided IBM. AIX stands for Advanced Interactive eXecutive. Initially it was designed for 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 five commercial operating systems that have versions certified to UNIX 03 standard of Open Group. The first version of AIX was launched in 1986.

Difference between macOS and AIX :

1.It was developed and is owned by Apple Incorporation.It was developed and is owned by IBM.
2.It was launched in 2001.It was launched in 1986.
3.Its target system types are workstation, personal computers and embedded systems.Its target system types are Server, NAS and workstation.
4.Computer architectures supported by macOS are x86-64(10.4.7-present), IA-32(10.4.4-10.6.8) and PowerPC(10.0-10.5.8).Computer architectures supported by AIX are POWER, PowerPC-AS, PowerPC and Power ISA.
5.Its kernel type is Hybrid with modules.Its kernel type is Monolithic with modules.
6.Its package management is macOS installer.Its package management is installp and RPM.
7.Its update management is Software Update.Its update management is Service Update Management Assistant (SUMA).
8.Its native APIs are Carbon, Cocoa, Java and BSD-POSIX.Its native APIs are SysV/POSIX.
9.It has preferred license of Proprietary, APSL and GNU GPL.It has preferred license Proprietary.
10.The non-native APIs supported by its subsystems are Toolbox, Win16 and Win32.The non-native APIs are not supported by its subsystems.
11.It has default GUI ‘on’.It does not have default GUI ‘on’.
12.File systems supported by macOS are HFS+, APFS, HFS, UFS, AFP, ISO 9660, FAT, UDF, NFS, SMBFS, NTFS, FTP, WebDAV and ZFS.File systems supported by AIX are JFS, JFS2, ISO 9660, UDF, NFS, SMBFS and GPFS.

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