Difference Between Linux and UNIX

by on February 23, 2006 · 280 comments· LAST UPDATED July 9, 2010

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What is the difference between Linux and UNIX operating systems?

UNIX is copyrighted name only big companies are allowed to use the UNIX copyright and name, so IBM AIX and Sun Solaris and HP-UX all are UNIX operating systems. The Open Group holds the UNIX trademark in trust for the industry, and manages the UNIX trademark licensing program.

Most UNIX systems are commercial in nature.

Linux is a UNIX Clone

But if you consider Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX) standards then Linux can be considered as UNIX. To quote from Official Linux kernel README file:

Linux is a Unix clone written from scratch by Linus Torvalds with assistance from a loosely-knit team of hackers across the Net. It aims towards POSIX compliance.

However, "Open Group" do not approve of the construction "Unix-like", and consider it misuse of their UNIX trademark.

Linux Is Just a Kernel

Linux is just a kernel. All Linux distributions includes GUI system + GNU utilities (such as cp, mv, ls,date, bash etc) + installation & management tools + GNU c/c++ Compilers + Editors (vi) + and various applications (such as OpenOffice, Firefox). However, most UNIX operating systems are considered as a complete operating system as everything come from a single source or vendor.

As I said earlier Linux is just a kernel and Linux distribution makes it complete usable operating systems by adding various applications. Most UNIX operating systems comes with A-Z programs such as editor, compilers etc. For example HP-UX or Solaris comes with A-Z programs.

License and cost

Linux is Free (as in beer [freedom]). You can download it from the Internet or redistribute it under GNU licenses. You will see the best community support for Linux. Most UNIX like operating systems are not free (but this is changing fast, for example OpenSolaris UNIX). However, some Linux distributions such as Redhat / Novell provides additional Linux support, consultancy, bug fixing, and training for additional fees.

User-Friendly

Linux is considered as most user friendly UNIX like operating systems. It makes it easy to install sound card, flash players, and other desktop goodies. However, Apple OS X is most popular UNIX operating system for desktop usage.

Security Firewall Software

Linux comes with open source netfilter/iptables based firewall tool to protect your server and desktop from the crackers and hackers. UNIX operating systems comes with its own firewall product (for example Solaris UNIX comes with ipfilter based firewall) or you need to purchase a 3rd party software such as Checkpoint UNIX firewall.

Backup and Recovery Software

UNIX and Linux comes with different set of tools for backing up data to tape and other backup media. However, both of them share some common tools such as tar, dump/restore, and cpio etc.

File Systems

  • Linux by default supports and use ext3 or ext4 file systems.
  • UNIX comes with various file systems such as jfs, gpfs (AIX), jfs, gpfs (HP-UX), jfs, gpfs (Solaris).

System Administration Tools

  1. UNIX comes with its own tools such as SAM on HP-UX.
  2. Suse Linux comes with Yast
  3. Redhat Linux comes with its own gui tools called redhat-config-*.

However, editing text config file and typing commands are most popular options for sys admin work under UNIX and Linux.

System Startup Scripts

Almost every version of UNIX and Linux comes with system initialization script but they are located in different directories:

  1. HP-UX - /sbin/init.d
  2. AIX - /etc/rc.d/init.d
  3. Linux - /etc/init.d

End User Perspective

The differences are not that big for the average end user. They will use the same shell (e.g. bash or ksh) and other development tools such as Perl or Eclipse development tool.

System Administrator Perspective

Again, the differences are not that big for the system administrator. However, you may notice various differences while performing the following operations:

  1. Software installation procedure
  2. Hardware device names
  3. Various admin commands or utilities
  4. Software RAID devices and mirroring
  5. Logical volume management
  6. Package management
  7. Patch management

UNIX Operating System Names

A few popular names:

  1. HP-UX
  2. IBM AIX
  3. Sun Solairs
  4. Mac OS X
  5. IRIX

Linux Distribution (Operating System) Names

A few popular names:

  1. Redhat Enterprise Linux
  2. Fedora Linux
  3. Debian Linux
  4. Suse Enterprise Linux
  5. Ubuntu Linux

Common Things Between Linux & UNIX

Both share many common applications such as:

  1. GUI, file, and windows managers (KDE, Gnome)
  2. Shells (ksh, csh, bash)
  3. Various office applications such as OpenOffice.org
  4. Development tools (perl, php, python, GNU c/c++ compilers)
  5. Posix interface

A Sample UNIX Desktop Screenshot

UNIX Desktop - IRIX 6.5 Desktop

Fig.01: UNIX Desktop - IRIX 6.5 Desktop

A Sample Linux Desktop Screenshot

Linux KDE desktop environment

Fig.02: Linux KDE desktop environment

UNIX and Linux Hardware

Commercial UNIX hardware has more advanced initial boot options such as:

  • Decide how to boot
  • Check system health
  • Set hardware parameters etc

The BIOS that is standard in PCs which is used by Linux has few, of these features. UNIX hardware or servers are pretty expensive as compare to Linux server systems.

Further readings:

Following documents or URL should help anyone to get more idea:

(Image credit IRIX and KDE wikipedia articles)

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{ 280 comments… read them below or add one }

1 mandar December 26, 2007 at 6:05 pm

best & knowledgeble information

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2 kishore babu October 10, 2011 at 11:53 am

Marvelous , really it is useful explanation

Thank you

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3 andy January 12, 2012 at 2:53 am

it is very ossume. Thanks. It help me lot.

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4 mani January 20, 2012 at 4:46 am

i cant understand

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5 hasini January 24, 2012 at 11:48 am

The given information was clear to understand but i think today only you known Linux & UNIX thats y its not understandable for u.

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6 vivek March 4, 2012 at 7:08 pm

thks its valuable information

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7 xc September 22, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Linux is Free (as in beer [freedom])
shouldn’t it be
Linux is Free (as in spreech [freedom])
or
Linux is Free (as in beer [price])?

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8 alena July 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm

it wll b like “as in speech’ (its abt freedom .,,,,)

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9 Jules September 25, 2008 at 10:28 pm

Yes, you are absolutely correct. Free as in free beer means free of charge. Free as in speech indicates freedom to use, modify and redistribute as you wish, (freedom).

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10 ajit kumar shukla March 7, 2009 at 7:08 am

Unix and linux both are multiuser operating system. Unix operating based on CUI(Character User Interface) and does not support pointing device, where as in linux opearating system; adding new features XWindows in Unix operating system and it is based on GUI(Graphical User Interface) i.e., it is like as DOS and Windows

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11 munirajchoopa April 19, 2010 at 12:05 pm

is linux gui r cui

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12 bc February 17, 2011 at 8:18 am

linux is GUI

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13 LOKESH R June 29, 2011 at 10:58 am

LINUX IS A MEMBER RELATED TO UNIX OPERATING SYSTEM

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14 dilip sahu October 10, 2011 at 5:53 pm

both gui and cui as well

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15 naresh kumar sharma March 16, 2011 at 4:28 am

both of them is gui

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16 hasini January 24, 2012 at 11:50 am

Linux has both GUI & CUI

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17 hasini January 24, 2012 at 11:51 am

sorry that’s C L I (command line interface) not CUI

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18 shiv prasad patel January 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm

yes, linux is GUI (Graphical User Interface) and
CLI( Command Line Interface)

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19 tanmoy March 14, 2012 at 4:40 am

Linux has both CLI and GUI (via X window start it by cmd # startx) from cli;
On the Other hand Unix is purely CLI, however many distribution has the GUI feature now. BSd unix for exmpl.

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20 vikram May 4, 2012 at 10:19 am

linux is GUI (graphical user intterface) and unix is CUI (charector user interface ) thats why it does not support pointing device…….

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21 Frank April 4, 2009 at 1:11 pm

You are doing nice thing here.

Thank you so much
Bye

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22 michael July 1, 2009 at 2:04 pm

major diffrent GUI and Kernal

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23 kirti August 21, 2009 at 9:43 am

clear n knowledgeble information

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24 Muhammed Shabreen September 8, 2009 at 1:04 am

Thank you so much for the information.. its clear nd knwldgable..”:-) thank u

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25 sonika January 5, 2012 at 6:58 pm

thanks..its easy to understand.

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26 snehal September 8, 2009 at 7:58 am

Thanks for giving exact differences.Beacase I am searching for exact differences which I get cleared

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27 bhavani October 1, 2009 at 11:54 pm

differences were clear to maximum extent

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28 Prince October 12, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Unix works on large mainframe computes but linux works on even PC

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29 mayur October 29, 2009 at 10:09 am

it was nice explanation … it is not huge but some little bit …

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30 5star prathyusha November 4, 2009 at 6:57 am

thanq so much
it is very much use to me ……..

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31 vivek November 16, 2009 at 11:40 am

thank u for the valuable info’

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32 swathi November 25, 2009 at 10:48 am

what is relation b/w linux&unix

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33 jainth October 22, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Both share many common applications such as:

GUI, file, and windows managers (KDE, Gnome)
Shells (ksh, csh, bash)
Various office applications such as OpenOffice.org
Development tools (perl, php, python, GNU c/c++ compilers)
Posix interface

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34 mo.shuaib December 26, 2010 at 5:37 pm

its a very simple way to find

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35 sundar December 23, 2011 at 4:47 am

ya good…linux is the clone of the unix

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36 vikram May 4, 2012 at 10:09 am

linux is open source and unix is cloused source os it mean linux r freely available user can upgrade or invent commands n so many things r did but as per unix it leaglly perchase……there is no doubt that linux is clone of unix if u r able to handle linux so u must hv well handled unix also….if u have cartain doubt then mail me swati

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37 inamul October 4, 2013 at 2:31 am

Hi vikram

1. if i learn linux, then can i handle all the things in unix
2. I installed ubuntu, can i install unix as well for learning purpose,

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38 stephen December 8, 2009 at 8:50 am

what is linux&unix

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39 shreeharsha February 22, 2012 at 3:41 am

LInux is as open source OS and more secured compared to windows.Unix is also same

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40 Thiru December 8, 2009 at 9:38 am

Great!!!

I gained some valuable knowledge here!!!
But still confused about the origin of these two!!!

I m new to linux using Ubuntu 9.10 >>>
Pls give me some tricks and tips for my Os…

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41 srinivasa reddy December 15, 2009 at 8:45 am

I con’t understand difference between unix and linux why because two operating systems are gui are not?

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42 chandra mohan September 24, 2011 at 5:01 am

both are gui as the sceen shot in the above make you clear

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43 srinivasa reddy December 15, 2009 at 8:45 am

i con’t understand

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44 lata May 1, 2011 at 7:31 pm

nyc & clear explanation……….
thanx!!!!!!!

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45 Sunil Jain December 21, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Thank you very much :) :) Vivek :)
I have started off with UNIX and i wanted to know the differences b/w UNIX and LINUX , so this post was a nice knowledge for me :) :) :)

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46 arpit December 29, 2009 at 10:35 am

thks very educative……

clrearly mention imp… points..

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47 abhinav January 3, 2010 at 4:42 pm

I was really simple and easily understandable.
Thanks.

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48 ilayaa.., January 9, 2010 at 9:03 am

its very useful…,

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49 Abdulwahab January 10, 2010 at 7:50 pm

All,

Very interesting……

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50 asif January 12, 2010 at 8:45 pm

ya i like it :-)

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51 rohidas January 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm

thanks,

I gained some valuable knowledge here!!!

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52 Sameer S. K. January 27, 2010 at 5:15 am

Thanks, dude…!
Needed the info as I’ve just syarted studying these issues…!
Thanks again. :)

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53 shaila January 27, 2010 at 9:48 am

thanks a lot…

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54 gururaj February 7, 2010 at 5:56 pm

hw to copy files from one user to another user?

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55 deepika verma February 8, 2010 at 10:02 am

information provides good but if the difference is given diagramaticly it will be more helpfull.

thank ‘s.
from N.W.I.E.T.(Dhudike)

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56 pankaj February 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm

thanks to give information

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57 PRIYA December 24, 2010 at 8:12 am

please u give some more differences b/w unix nd linux.
Thesse information is good bt not sufficient.

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58 souvik April 24, 2011 at 9:28 am

@priya, try using both u will find the differences urself…

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59 surya May 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm

me too i m thinking the same tought.. on thing i want to get confirmed these are the OS’s MS, Mac, Apple, Linux. thats it i know. so wether UNIX And LINUX are same or different OS’s.

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60 prabhat kuwar January 5, 2012 at 9:42 am

it is verry sucsses full o.s,which is widly used in networking system

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61 SHYLA February 15, 2010 at 7:12 pm

ya,,,, Definitely its useful but even u have to say about kernel and shell etc.. like that……….

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62 vikas jaiswal February 16, 2010 at 1:15 pm

very thanks dude

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63 sachin February 18, 2010 at 1:51 pm

nice info….good job…thx

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64 Deepak kumar February 21, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Unix and linux both operating system is based in the multiuser/multing environment. and kernal
based operating system. unix only suport the CUI but linux suport both CUI & GUI.
basicaly this operating system is used in the network environment. it is very use full for security point of view.

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65 Devasundaram February 27, 2010 at 4:30 am

Hi Vivek Gite,

The Explanations about Group of OSs are under Unix and Linux is very useful for me. I have get good ideas about that. Thanks lot.

Regards, Deva

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66 idlopodia March 1, 2010 at 6:09 pm

I’m so glad
wellllll done job

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67 pradeep kumar pandey March 4, 2010 at 8:33 am

1-unix is CUI whereas linux is GUI
2-unix has pointer device linux dnthav
3-unix is property software where as linux is open source
4-unix is more secure than linux
5-keranel of unix is in enhace in linux

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68 karan August 13, 2010 at 9:29 am

thanks for this information
but is it right

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69 parthiban April 25, 2011 at 6:19 am

this is really an awesome explanation …. thank u so much

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70 vishwas reddy March 5, 2010 at 4:57 am

its intersting and knowlegable !!! but how they r originated !!!! and if linux is 4 free than wat is the beneifit of the company and linux is authorised or not ????

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71 surya May 3, 2011 at 3:09 pm

this is also a question that has to be raised… more over Linux LTS is for some 18 months to 3 yrs. what about after that. do we need to purchase Original OS Disks or any improvements.

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72 vkc August 23, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Linux LTS is supported for 18 months but you can use it indefinitely(or until the os becomes corrupt) which means no updates for software through internet

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73 Muhammad Shabeen March 10, 2010 at 8:57 am

It was interesting and useful info. should have more diff. about kernal will be better.

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74 Amit Srivastava March 13, 2010 at 7:57 am

It’s so good information about Linux & Unix……!
Thank’sssssssss…..!

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75 seema bamotra March 17, 2010 at 12:36 pm

please mention d differences diagramatically.

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76 Rupali March 18, 2010 at 3:51 am

please explain the difference between Linux & Unix by showing some diagrams or screen shots..

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77 Anandlin March 21, 2010 at 11:47 am

This is the best advice between Linux and Unix… Great

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78 Anandlin March 21, 2010 at 11:48 am

If you get any more idea between linux and unix please note me the mail..

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79 mohan sharama March 30, 2010 at 3:40 am

Thanks for valuable information……..

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80 sunny April 5, 2010 at 8:09 pm

thanx……….. a lot 4 this info

can u plz send me some scripting tips and related commands

I need it

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81 Bhairab Jyoti Handique April 6, 2010 at 4:37 am

Thanks, ll’be very helpful 2 me & others.

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82 shan April 9, 2010 at 6:20 am

Thanks for this information , it is really good and very nice concept and easy to understand.

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83 kanha (MANIT,MCA) April 18, 2010 at 5:51 am

nice……………………

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84 rx April 22, 2010 at 7:45 am

what is the difference between linux commands and unix commands.

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85 itys May 7, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Many Linux distributions can understand a variety of Unix commands, the commands and the command-line shells are for the most part cross compatible.

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86 kv Reddy August 1, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Hi guys n gals ,

I got some idea from reviews n explanations .

Thanks
vreddy ,nj,usa

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87 rajashree June 17, 2010 at 12:06 pm

linux operators can understand most of the unix programmes.

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88 raj July 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm

What is the major difference between Linux and Unix..?

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89 Pravin lalge May 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm

unix doesn’t hv Graphical user interfacewhereas linux hv it………

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90 ajay namdev gaurkar July 19, 2010 at 5:46 pm

linux is a best of the opreting system
linux most impartent in system engineering

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91 yaseen July 23, 2010 at 6:45 am

Good way of representation… i got it

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92 Sumit Singh August 1, 2010 at 11:20 am

very nice explanation……totally satisfy

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93 Nagendra August 9, 2010 at 8:25 am

fully satisfied with the answer……thanxs

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94 satyaveer yadav August 9, 2010 at 10:40 am

linux is virousless opreating system it is a good advantag .

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95 bhawna August 11, 2010 at 8:51 am

it was very helpful

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96 D!VA August 12, 2010 at 9:42 am

wow it wonderfull

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97 muthu August 13, 2010 at 6:10 am

very useful for analysis

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98 Tbhaskar reddy August 14, 2010 at 8:30 am

I think is it very bright future for linux/unix adminstration

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99 jan October 26, 2010 at 6:50 am

explian linux and unix

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100 bharat August 19, 2010 at 4:43 am

yeah,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
some usefull info………

thanxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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101 thangavel August 23, 2010 at 11:38 am

IT IS GOOD KERNEL ABOUT UNIX AND LINUX

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102 suresh August 27, 2010 at 7:39 am

majer diffrent unix and linux

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103 Harinder August 28, 2010 at 3:23 pm

thanx 4 d info , it realy workd 4 me

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104 kiers September 2, 2010 at 2:32 am

Dude. WTF. u missed BSD ! It is unix. are u an expert or not?

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105 MK Pallai September 20, 2010 at 12:18 pm

HOW CAN I INSTALL OTHER APPLICATIONS IN LINUX ?
CAN I INSTALL A MEDIA PLAYER & ANY OTHER WINDOWS APPLICATIONS IN LINUX ?

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106 sid December 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm

to use any windows software on linux(ubuntu), try red wine

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107 surya May 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm

i m new to Linux started my experciences with ubuntu. and what is this Red wine.

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108 akhila September 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm

to use more softwares we can use redhat

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109 vikram May 4, 2012 at 10:03 am

# yum install {package or application name}
note:ur comp. r must hv in network and ya u can install media player n play a song throughout command also….

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110 TITTOO September 20, 2010 at 12:20 pm

WHAT ARE THE MAJOR DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LINUX AND UNIX ?

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111 MAHENDRA SINGH October 2, 2010 at 12:04 pm

thanks,

it was nice

mahendra

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112 sivakumar October 8, 2010 at 1:24 pm

gud and best info

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113 Pari October 14, 2010 at 2:16 am

It is awesome it solve my problem to the limit Thanks a lot.

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114 jmaz October 21, 2010 at 2:26 pm

very nice information

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115 tallestj October 23, 2010 at 2:24 pm

This is the most informative and interesting material I have ever seen on the differences btw Linux and Unix.I was not bored one sec.Thumbs up!!!

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116 Ghallab October 31, 2010 at 9:44 am

Thanks for this good comparison

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117 Ziaullah Khan November 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Excellent Article Thanks buddy for Describing in excellent way.

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118 uday December 7, 2010 at 2:24 pm

its a very useful to me……

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119 ranjan sharma December 13, 2010 at 1:38 pm

good content

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120 Shambhu Verma December 15, 2010 at 7:20 am

Hi, Very Informative information.
thanks a lot for your effort

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121 Mohit Nagpal December 24, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Good Info.

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122 mo.shuaib December 26, 2010 at 6:08 pm

any video is available ..for how to operate linux

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123 khaled December 28, 2010 at 5:28 am

Very nice information.
Thanks for share

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124 jeet sharma December 30, 2010 at 1:50 pm

thanks its easy to understand!

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125 Navazeesh January 11, 2011 at 7:50 am

UNIX is CUI……….But CUI means not character user interface………CUI means command user interface……….Unix is developed on C-language and C is a CUI which is Character user interface(CUI)…….so so many of us think that UNIX also Character user interface but its wrong……..UNIX is Command user interface……….

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126 Akila January 20, 2011 at 6:43 am

nice explanation……..

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127 gajen[VIT,VELLORE] December 5, 2011 at 4:57 pm

nice explaination

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128 venkatarakeshkumar January 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm

its nice.

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129 ankur india January 25, 2011 at 9:07 am

it’s gr8 n nice and it must be appriciate

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130 Aarti joshi January 27, 2011 at 3:38 am

Very clear ane easily understandable information

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131 shanmuga priya.v January 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm

atleast 10 diff b/w linux and unix

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132 Darshan February 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm

thank u for this information. This is the perfect information for beginner in this industry.

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133 jayaprakash February 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm

outstanding explanation
it’s very useful to me

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134 ANANTH February 10, 2011 at 5:46 am

simple and good!
Ananth

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135 manohar February 11, 2011 at 9:08 am

good…
but little clarity required with updated information

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136 sushant February 14, 2011 at 11:42 am

thnx forthis info

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137 Eshan Gupta February 17, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Hi all,
I am little in dilemma condition.I want to do certification in unix……..and i dont know which course is good for me and which is good LINUX or UNIX.please guide me and mail me on eshangupta22@gmail.com..

Thanks in Advance
Eshan

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138 Pulkit Goyal March 4, 2011 at 8:19 am

Really Useful. Thanks. :)

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139 megha vyas March 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm

This info is very useful to me…its clear n easy to understand…
Thanks..

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140 Darshan P. Gondhali March 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Thanks. Its really valuable for me..Thanks a lot

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141 senthil March 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm

which one is better linux or unix even wanted

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142 vivek March 28, 2011 at 9:49 pm

nice i satisfy with these materials as you scope between linux and unix.

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143 sangita April 11, 2011 at 7:37 am

what is the difference between window os kernel & unix kernel?

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144 hemanth April 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm

how to install solaris drivers in vmware workstation(x86)..?
and where these drivers are available plz gve me any one url
plz help i fece the problem so many days

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145 Vinayak Bhaurkar May 6, 2011 at 9:36 am

why Linux Is a Kernel?

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146 Vinayak Bhaurkar May 6, 2011 at 9:37 am

why Linux Is only Kernel?

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147 prajakta May 6, 2011 at 12:17 pm

It was a great pleasure to read.
nice information;it helped me a lot.

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148 vinod May 14, 2011 at 5:50 am

thanks……to give such information….ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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149 aruna kadambala May 17, 2011 at 2:35 pm

good stuff. thanks for posting. really appreciable.good to go.

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150 Riya June 18, 2011 at 3:47 am

Very precicsly and accurately defined … thanks a lot

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151 aruna kadambala June 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm

ur work is appreciable.

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152 gaurav ranjan June 23, 2011 at 11:05 am

nice one…informative.

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153 theodory July 8, 2011 at 10:31 am

please i need to know meaning of kernel

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154 Kamal Kant Sharma July 12, 2011 at 10:08 am

Kernel is the main component of most computer operating systems; it is a bridge between applications and the actual data processing done at the hardware level.

The kernel’s responsibilities include managing the system’s resources (the communication between hardware and software components).

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155 Sisir July 29, 2011 at 9:52 am

The OS has basically 2 parts 1.Kernel 2.Shell ….. Kernel is the part which deals with the system resources and hardware and shell is the part which deals with the application software. Whenever any OS is designed first its Kernel is designed.The same had happened in case of Linux

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156 shubham August 4, 2011 at 4:06 am

its very good information.thank

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157 Tonye @ True Vine Productions August 5, 2011 at 9:22 am

Woah… thanks… this info is fueling my knowledge for explaining the real and indepth differences between Macs and Windows… God bless you sir ;)

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158 Youcef August 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Very helpful information, thank you very much!!!

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159 ponmudi August 13, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Really very helpful information!!’
Thank u!!!

Keep posting

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160 Bhnauchander Cholleti August 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm

It provided me the basic differnces.Its good.

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161 vinus September 3, 2011 at 5:43 am

it is very good information.thank you very much

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162 harsh September 11, 2011 at 6:45 am

thanks …

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163 sushanth September 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm

hey can i install both linux and windows7 os to my pc IS IT SAFE…..to do so…???

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164 gopal September 12, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Thanq sooooooooo much……!!!!!!!!

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165 Phanikumar.z September 15, 2011 at 5:00 am

it’s understandle and can u provide much more info about this

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166 chandra mohan September 24, 2011 at 5:03 am

nice information i got a great stuff by reading this information

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167 DINESH PAWAR September 25, 2011 at 8:05 am

VERY GOOD DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LINUX AND UNIX

THANX A LOT

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168 hamid September 29, 2011 at 7:38 pm

linux is upgrade version of unix?

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169 Agbaa November 12, 2011 at 9:48 am

it was very helpful

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170 pravin kumar November 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm

unix is paid version but linux is unpaid version

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171 jay chaudhary November 20, 2011 at 5:14 am

thanks for all informatons

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172 Nareshkumar.L November 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Am a beginner thank you for all information with clean info.

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173 komal December 8, 2011 at 9:07 am

thanks ,it enhanced my basic knowledge! Nice informatiön

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174 zahra December 11, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I WANT pictures of unix system.thank u.

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175 Ranganath M December 16, 2011 at 7:13 am

This is very nice and easily understood fortmat.
Nice work.Keep it up.
Thank U.

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176 gowtham December 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm

guys plz suggest me the books/materials to learn this LINUX,
thanks in advance.

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177 Eswaran K December 30, 2011 at 4:42 am

really very useful these tutoriol

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178 medma January 2, 2012 at 7:07 am

jhantu explanation indeed….

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179 shubham January 6, 2012 at 6:07 am

yeah..great its really good and esily understand , thank for all

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180 madhusudhan January 19, 2012 at 5:23 am

hi friends i hv completed my linux course, plz send which books is good to do redhat certification ,if u hv dumps plz send it my mail id

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181 Shawn January 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Wow…this is a load of FUD about UNIX. It has nothing to do with ONLY big companies.

Instead UNIX is a trademark that signifies that the OS using it has passed specific tests and conforms the defined UNIX specification to handle interoperability. This is like POSIX which is also administered by The Open Group joinly with IEEE.

Any OS can become UNIX-certified if the vendor chooses to try and can meet the standard. As far as I know, no Linux vendor (i.e. RedHat) has tried.

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182 YEDU January 20, 2012 at 4:37 am

Thank u for giving such a valuable information.

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183 MOHAMMED HANEEF January 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Wow..Great!nice thing to learn interest..

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184 hasini January 24, 2012 at 11:45 am

Really informative site.
Thanks alot

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185 shukla ajay February 4, 2012 at 6:51 am

Linux & UNIX both are server data base multi user software

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186 Curious February 24, 2012 at 10:17 am

Can someone explain what “A-Z programs” are? If you google, the sentence
“Most UNIX operating systems comes with A-Z programs such as editor, compilers etc.”
is repeated verbatim all over the place, with no explanation. The next sentence won’t clarify much, either:
“For example HP-UX or Solaris comes with A-Z programs.”
Thanks!

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187 nixCraft February 24, 2012 at 10:30 am

Unix comes with all sort of utilities and command bundled from a single vendor such as IBM, HP, SUN/Oracle and so on. The single vendor provides you updates, patches, commands, installer, and management utilities (source #1).

On other hand, Linux installs userland tools from GNU project (source #1). The installer scripts and management tools are often written by distro maintainers (source #2). Third party apps need to be downloaded and install as required (source #3). Also, you need to add additional repos to install binary software (such as EPEL or debian multimedia source #4).

Hope this helps!

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188 Taylor Sharpe March 16, 2012 at 11:33 pm

It is interesting comparing screen shots of a bland Unix desktop compared to a nicely laid out Linux version. The Mac OS X is Unix certified and clearly has a very elegant and polished User Interface. The comparison between screen shots here implies that Linux desktops are more professional looking. In general that may be true, but not when comparing to the Mac. Being a Mac guy… just had to point that out.

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189 Ash September 6, 2012 at 9:35 am

Apple Fag

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190 JeffFalkenham October 12, 2012 at 10:23 am

but it’s true

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191 Frog October 27, 2012 at 7:19 am

but the ‘nicely laid out’ screen shot is not one of Apple’s.

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192 Yolan November 6, 2012 at 12:57 am

Hate Apple anyone/everyone should hate Apple
+Google +Microsoft +Linux +everyone against Apple

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193 hwaism November 16, 2012 at 3:43 am

Just because Apple using Unix and it’s close. Linux is open. Just a preference.

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194 imran ahmad March 17, 2012 at 1:09 pm

both are similar but linux is flavour of unix which has CLI.

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195 venkatesan.g March 20, 2012 at 9:16 am

yea,it’s very useful for me thank u………………………………………..

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196 mukesh tiwari March 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm

very very thak you all of them..
becuase i d’nt know diffrent unix & linux..

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197 Nivi March 28, 2012 at 4:43 am

its nice and gives more valuable knowledge…

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198 deepak March 30, 2012 at 8:39 am

Thanks for the use full info….
Thanks again dude…..>>!!

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199 amit April 13, 2012 at 7:05 am

yes it good to know the difference between two

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200 Anil Mekala April 13, 2012 at 9:42 am

Nice info.

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201 akul April 17, 2012 at 10:54 am

simply awesum!!!!
completely satisfied!!
good job :)

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202 Unix How To April 27, 2012 at 9:42 am

Dude this article is huge, Thanks for the comparison bus isn’t ubuntu debian based?
If I were you I would have listed the main Linux distributions only :)

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203 vikram May 4, 2012 at 10:11 am

thks 4 those valuable info. …….

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204 Shuaib May 8, 2012 at 10:59 am

Excellent explination thx man,

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205 Shuaib May 8, 2012 at 11:00 am

really helpfull information, many thanks mate.

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206 nike May 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm

awesome explanation dude!!!!!!!

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207 Monica tyagi May 15, 2012 at 6:29 am

Really it is too good n informatic.

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208 Gowtham June 25, 2012 at 11:17 am

good clear cut explanation..

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209 karvendan AP June 26, 2012 at 7:03 am

Its easy to understand. But all company designs based on LINUX OS or UNIX.. If anyone. Than why not other one?

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210 Rajashree July 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Very informative.

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211 Ajay July 13, 2012 at 9:59 am

Thanks ,it enhanced my basic knowledge! Nice informatiön
Really very helpful information.

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212 Akshay July 17, 2012 at 8:04 am

nice difference!!!!!!!!!!!

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213 muninder reddy July 27, 2012 at 9:30 am

hmm nice stuff…!!

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214 Shyam D July 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Its easy ..
Thank You So Much,,,,,,,

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215 Rabbia August 5, 2012 at 11:31 am

Good job.:)
But it could be a bit simpler nd easy to understand.

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216 cluclu August 10, 2012 at 5:12 am

I Can has Lunix for free.
Also question. What is difference Email and Lunix ?
I Can has Microsoft Office words on Lunix?

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217 subbu August 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm

what is a kernel?

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218 sandeep August 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Frend Kernel is the heart of the operating system… It manages or controls al the OS operations

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219 Chris September 7, 2012 at 9:12 am

It’s the middle part of a nut!!! The bit that really does anything!!

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220 Amanpreer saini August 19, 2012 at 4:48 am

Its a very good explanation

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221 Nagnath Panchal August 22, 2012 at 10:21 am

good clear cut explanation.

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222 Anonymous August 23, 2012 at 10:46 am

Thank, bro it’s useful…

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223 fahir August 28, 2012 at 11:04 am

Excellent….Thanks.

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224 Gh,Abouzar August 28, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Thank you for clear explanation.

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225 amar September 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm

very good all explanation.
bro…………………

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226 vikas September 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm

THIS HELPED ME A LOT IN PREPARING TO MY INTERVIEW

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227 shaik September 6, 2012 at 10:26 am

Thanks for the use full information Vivek :-)

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228 Neminath Palled September 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Kernel is there in both the OS?

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229 kamlesh September 11, 2012 at 11:43 am

unix is a copyright it is mostly usefull of popular company,
unix is part of linux.

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230 Gowtham November 27, 2012 at 8:08 am

Dude, UNIX IS A PART OF LINUX ???

I think you need to read the article again.

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231 nikhil kumar September 12, 2012 at 4:44 am

Very Very Useful info about linux and unix…really helped..thank you :-)

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232 Ramashanker September 23, 2012 at 8:04 pm

this is very useful for me and other.thanx

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233 dhaya October 9, 2012 at 8:12 am

ya its nice to understand the linux and unix differences

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234 vinay October 9, 2012 at 6:10 am

thanks for the info….

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235 priyanka and indu October 9, 2012 at 10:04 am

its not as according to us………….but good source of information about linux and unix.
but does not able to differentiate b/w these o.s properly

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236 sanju kumar October 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm

it is good to have ,,, such operating system…..linux is totally based on unix os … or we can say it’s xerox of unix .
y i love unix OS ?
=coz it come with fully loaded software .. Eg-(perl, php, python, GNU c/c++ compilers)
which is important for us ,,,,,,,,,,,,

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237 evidence munyai October 25, 2012 at 11:15 am

Thnks fr the useful info it realy helps a lot..good job

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238 evidence munyai October 25, 2012 at 11:17 am

Thanks fr the usefull info it realy helping a lot..keep up the good work

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239 seit October 31, 2012 at 9:20 am

its very useful link, its clear my doubt on unix

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240 jeswanthmg November 1, 2012 at 9:34 am

Thanks for clear explination

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241 Rajan November 1, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Thank You. It helps me much.

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242 mahesh November 8, 2012 at 9:13 am

thanks…..a lot
for to give information

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243 lakshmi November 12, 2012 at 6:17 am

its more useful for me thank you very muchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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244 lakshmi November 12, 2012 at 6:46 am

thank u soooooooooooooo much for u

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245 divya November 14, 2012 at 6:35 am

linux and unix diff is nice
nice clear explanation
thanq so much

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246 priya November 16, 2012 at 9:43 am

good job….. very well explanation……thanxxxx…..:-)

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247 ravi November 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm

thanks.. good info.

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248 Sam November 25, 2012 at 8:59 am

Its Good amount of satisfying information…..
Nice work out.

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249 Saidi juma makassy December 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm

I think now i know the different of linux and unix.thanks

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250 satish kumar December 7, 2012 at 7:08 am

Hello,
The above given informatiom is very good.This type of informatiom very helpfull of Us.
thank you very much behalf of ME.

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251 Harsha December 14, 2012 at 7:42 am

thanks for providing good knowledge..!

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252 manuel December 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm

the differences were very clear and precise…. Thanks nd keep up the good work.

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253 mukesh kumar December 20, 2012 at 7:27 pm

which version of linux is best for c/c++ .i want to know pls some one reply me fast.

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254 SUNNY SHARMA January 5, 2013 at 5:21 pm

HI I M DOING ORACLE DBA PLATEFORM ON LINUX AND WINDOW BUT I DON’T KNOW HOW TO INSTALL ORACLE DBA ON LINUX, SO JUST I WANTED TO KNOW THAT PLS HELP ME HURRY

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255 karthik January 17, 2013 at 8:37 am

so we can use UNIX as a tool to develop OS like LINUS..is my opinion correct…if not pls help me in clarifying my confusion..

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256 Kentgrav January 27, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Thanks a lot for this explanation! Really helped clarify some things I’ve been wondering!

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257 Husnain February 1, 2013 at 11:47 am

GUI and Fast speed

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258 Hasaan February 11, 2013 at 8:54 am

Great. Nice and precise technical writing :)

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259 Gopalakrishnan February 20, 2013 at 7:16 am

Hi,

I like to install Sun Solaris operating system in Laptop, for installing solaris OS, is there any PC configuration should be required or am using windows 7, i can install solaris OS using VM ware software?

Any one can guide me?

Thanks

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260 Rwigamba March 23, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Guys for real i appreaciate what your doing.i love being network admin but i was little confused on the difference btn Linus &Unix its solved……

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261 messiVish April 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

So, Linux differs from UNIX by:
-being operatable on PC’s
-open source and therefore free

UNIX obviously :
- runs on mainframe computers only
- and must be legally purchased as it is closed source

is this corect?

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262 Sudhir May 15, 2013 at 5:43 am

Really good stuff!!! thanks

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263 Winston Spratt May 21, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Quite frankly, you deserve an Oscar for this piece of information.
I found it to be extremely educationa…. Great work and Thank you

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264 Kanishak May 28, 2013 at 5:37 am

Thanks for sharing such a wonder differentiation between Unix and Linux.

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265 soma sekhar June 3, 2013 at 1:29 am

Thank you so much, i got the information about the difference between unix and linux.I am very happy about your website.

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266 lily June 9, 2013 at 1:33 am

so..linux and unix is a same thing? both compatible in a laptop or in cpu? means..when i want to change os from windows to ubuntu, i just uninstall windows or can the two os work together?

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267 Ricky July 22, 2013 at 3:16 pm

we can say linux as a flavor of unix.
unix has its different versions for different companies

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268 Ricky July 22, 2013 at 3:20 pm

for example,
IBM — AIX, HP — HP-UX, Sun — Solaris.
same is for linux also…linux can available free to use but unix is not …
different versions of linux has numbers of same applications but in unix different applications for different versions…

thnks to all …its very good work …….keep it (y).!!!!!!!!!!!!

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269 eagles051387 July 29, 2013 at 10:06 am

Your mention of linux only supporting 2 file systems is inaccurate. There are a wide variety of file systems besides those two.

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270 Md.kashim August 28, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Than you very much for sharing the information. This is very useful information

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271 vijilkumar v August 30, 2013 at 4:32 am

thank uu..very much

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272 jaheen afsar October 22, 2013 at 7:40 am

this info was so helpful. can you pls make it more technical.

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273 Abdul Hadi October 25, 2013 at 11:49 am

Professional Explanation!
Nicely Done..

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274 gulzarahmad December 12, 2013 at 4:53 am

I understant difference bitween linux and unix ?

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275 Himani December 29, 2013 at 7:38 am

i understood each and every difference, thankyou so much

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276 Shehzad Lal January 17, 2014 at 11:27 am

This site helps me to teach children. thank you.

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277 abc January 18, 2014 at 8:08 am

Thanks

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278 Manoja February 7, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Enough for overview…….

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279 jagdeep lehri February 25, 2014 at 10:11 am

You are doing nice thing here.

Thank you so much
Bye

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280 Himanshu April 7, 2014 at 2:41 am

lot of thanks for your valuable information for me ..

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