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Difference between Windows and AIX
  • Last Updated : 06 Jul, 2020

1. Windows :
Windows is a group of various proprietary graphical operating systems which is provided by Microsoft Incorporation. It is also known as Microsoft Windows. It currently includes Windows NT and Windows IoT as members of its family. Earlier it included Windows 9x, Windows Mobile and Windows Phone which are no longer in use. It is the most used operating system in personal computers. The first version of Windows was launched by Microsoft in 1985. The most recent version of Windows for personal computers is Windows 10.

2. 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.

Difference between Windows and AIX :

It was developed and is owned by Microsoft Incorporation.It was developed and is owned by IBM.
It was launched in 1985.It was launched in 1986.
Current stable version is Windows 10.Current stable version is 7.2.
It is for workstation, personal computers, media center, tablets and embedded systems.Its target system type is Server, NAS and workstation.
Computer architectures supported by Windows are IA-32, x86-64, IA-64, ARM, Alpha, MIPS and PowerPC.Computer architectures supported are POWER, PowerPC-AS, PowerPC and Power ISA.
Kernel type is Hybrid with modules here.Kernel type is Monolithic with modules.
Package management is MSI or custom installer.Package management is installp and RPM.
The native APIs are Win32 and NT API.The native APIs are SysV/POSIX.
Preferred license is Proprietary and Source available.Preferred license is Proprietary.
Update management is Windows Update.Update management is Service Update Management Assistant (SUMA).
It has default GUI on.It does not have default GUI on.
File systems supported are NTFS, FAT, ISO 9660, UDF, HFS+, FATX and HFS.File systems supported are JFS, JFS2, ISO 9660, UDF, NFS, SMBFS and GPFS.

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