The relationship between UNIX and Linux is an interesting topic. In the current mainstream server-side operating system, UNIX was born in the late 1960s, windows was born in the mid-1980s, and Linux was born in the early 1990s. It can be said that UNIX is the “big brother” in the operating system, and later windows and Linux refer to UNIX.

So what’s the difference between Linux and UNIX?

1. Most UNIX systems are equipped with hardware, that is to say, most UNIX systems such as AIX and HP-UX cannot be installed on X86 servers and personal computers; Linux can run on a variety of hardware platforms;

2. UNIX is commercial software, while Linux is open source software, which is free and open source.

3. UNIX is a command line system, Linux is a window management system

4. In terms of hardware requirements, Linux is lower than UNIX and less demanding than UNIX; Linux is easier to install than UNIX.

There are two main reasons why Linux is popular among computer enthusiasts

It belongs to open source software, users can get it and its source code without paying for it, and can modify it according to their own needs, use it free of charge, and continue to spread it without restriction;

It has all the functions of UNIX. Anyone who uses UNIX or wants to learn UNIX can benefit from Linux.

That’s the difference between Linux and UNIX.


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