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  • 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. Haiku :
Haiku is a free and open-source operating system which is provided by Haiku Incorporation. It is mainly designed for the personal computers. It has quite similarities with the suspended operating system BeOS. It is mainly written in C++ and provides an object-oriented API. The development of this operating system began in 2001 and the operating system became self hosting in 2008. The first version of Haiku was launched in 2009. The latest stable version of Haiku is R1/Beta.

Difference between Windows and Haiku :

It was developed and is owned by Microsoft Incorporation.It was developed and is owned by Haiku Incorporation.
It was launched in 1985.It was launched in 2009.
Current stable version is Windows 10.Current stable version is R1/Beta.
It is for workstation, personal computers, media center, tablets and embedded systems.Its target system type is personal computers.
Computer architectures supported by Windows are IA-32, x86-64, IA-64, ARM, Alpha, MIPS and PowerPC.Computer architectures supported are IA-32, PowerPC and x86-64.
Kernel type is Hybrid with modules.Kernel type is Hybrid.
Package management is MSI or custom installer.Package management is Ports collection (haikuport).
The native APIs are Win32 and NT API.The native APIs are POSIX and BeOS API.
Preferred license is Proprietary and Source available.Preferred license is MIT.
Update management is Windows Update.Update management is pkgman and HaikuDepot.
It charges for original version.It is free of cost.
File systems supported are NTFS, FAT, ISO 9660, UDF, HFS+, FATX and HFS.File systems supported are BFS, FAT, ISO 9660, ext3 and NTFS.

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