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  • 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. MINIX 3 :
MINIX 3 is a free and open source operating system which was developed by Andrew S. Tanenbaum. It is published under the Berkeley Software Distribution license. It is an Unix-like operating systems. It is specially designed for workstations. It is derived from MINIX 1 and MINIX 2 operating systems. It is basically written using C language and assembly language. The first version of MINIX 3 was launched in 2005. The kernel used in this operating system is microkernel.

Difference between Windows and MINIX 3 :

1.It was developed by Microsoft Incorporation.It was developed by Andrew S. Tanenbaum.
2.It was launched in 1985.It was launched in 2005.
3.It is not an open source operating system.It is an open source operating system.
4.Its target systems types are workstation, personal computers, media center, tablets and embedded systems.Its target system types are workstations.
5.Computer architectures supported by Windows are IA-32, x86-64, IA-64, ARM, Alpha, MIPS and PowerPC.Computer architectures supported by MINIX 3 is IA-32.
6.Its kernel type is Hybrid with modules.Its kernel type is Microkernel.
7.Its native APIs are Win32 and NT API.Its native APIs are POSIX.
8.It has the preferred license Proprietary and Source available.It has the preferred license of BSD.
9.It has default GUI ‘on’.It does not have default GUI ‘on’.
10.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.

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