Difference between Windows and Solaris

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. Solaris :
Solaris is a proprietary operating system which is provided by Oracle Corporation. It is an Unix-like operating system. It is written in C language and C++. It has a mixed source model i.e open and close source both. It was originally developed by Sun Microsystems which was acquired by Oracle Corporation in 2010. The first version of Solaris was launched in 1992. The kernel used in this operating system is Monolithic with dynamically loadable modules.

Difference between Windows and Solaris :

1. It was developed by Microsoft Incorporation. It was developed by Sun Microsystems.
2. It was launched in 1985. It was launched in 1992.
3. It is owned by Microsoft Incorporation. It is owned by Oracle Corporation.
4. Its target systems types are workstation, personal computers, media center, tablets and embedded systems. Its target system types are server and workstation.
5. Computer architectures supported by Windows are IA-32, x86-64, IA-64, ARM, Alpha, MIPS and PowerPC. Computer architectures supported by Solaris are IA-32, x86-64 and SPARC.
6. Its kernel type is Hybrid with modules. Its kernel type is Monolithic with dynamically loadable modules.
7. Its native APIs are Win32 and NT API. Its native APIs are SysV/POSIX, GTK and Java.
8. It has the preferred license Proprietary and Source available. It has the preferred license of CDDL.
9. The non-native APIs supported through its subsystems are DOS API, Win16, POSIX and .NET. The non-native APIs supported through its subsystems are Win16, Win32, Mono and Linux.
10. Its package management is MSI or custom installers. Its package management is SysV packages or Image Packaging System.
11. Its update management is Windows Update. Its update management is Image Packaging System.
12. File systems supported by Windows are NTFS, FAT, ISO 9660, UDF, HFS+, FATX and HFS. File systems supported by Solaris are UFS, ZFS, ext2, FAT, ISO 9660, UDF, NFS and QFS.

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