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Difference between Windows and Inferno

  • Last Updated : 09 Jul, 2020
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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. It has hybrid kernel with modules.

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 types is monolithic.



Difference between Windows and Inferno :

S.No.WINDOWSINFERNO
1.It was developed by Microsoft Incorporation.It was developed by Bell Labs.
2.It was launched in 1985.It was launched in 1997.
3.It is owned by Microsoft Inc.It is owned by Vita Nuova Holdings.
4.Its target systems types are workstation, personal computers, media center, tablets and embedded systems.Its target system type are NAS, server and embedded systems.
5.Computer architectures supported by Windows are IA-32, x86-64, IA-64, ARM, Alpha, MIPS and PowerPC.Computer architectures supported by Inferno are IA-32, PowerPC, SPARC, Alpha and MIPS.
6.Its kernel type is Hybrid with modules.Its kernel type is Monolithic with modules.
7.Its native APIs are Win32 and NT API.Its native APIs Proprietary.
8.It has the preferred license Proprietary and Source available.It has the preferred license of MIT, GNU GPL, GNU LGPL and LPL.
9.The non-native APIs supported through its subsystems are DOS API, Win16, POSIX and .NET.The non-native APIs are not supported through its subsystems.
10.File systems supported by Windows are NTFS, FAT, ISO 9660, UDF, HFS+, FATX and HFS.File systems supported by Inferno are Styx/9P2000, kfs, FAT and ISO 9660.

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