In 1992, Sun Microsystems released the first Solaris operating system. Solaris was first published as an open-source operating system, but after Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems and renamed it Oracle Solaris, it was reissued as a licensed operating system.
Linus Torvalds, formed Linux operating system, in 1991. The open-source Linux operating system is well known for its open-source support and versatility. Because of its minimal reliance, high modularity, and wide distributions, Linux OS has grown in popularity among sectors throughout the years and a lot of companies are considering migrating database From Solaris to Linux. In this blog, we have explained the major areas of differentiation between Solaris and Linux.
The six key differences between Solaris and Linux OS.
Establishment: The first Solaris operating system was introduced in 1983, while Linux was released in 1991. Solaris OS began as a proprietary operating system and started supporting top-tier free and open source softwares, whereas Linux began as an open-source freeware operating system.
Licensing: Linux is an open-source operating system that is free to use that does not have such restrictions. Following Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems, Oracle provides premium support on Solaris OS.
Programming language: Linux is written in the C programming language, whereas Solaris is written in the C and C++ programming languages.
Compatibility: Linux has a decent level of binary compatibility. Solaris, on the other hand, has outstanding interoperability.
Management: For the purpose of management, Solaris comes up with a system management facility (SMF) while Linux has various management tools based on the distribution of Linux OS.
Upgrade: There are upgrade tools available for the revisions in Linux, whereas any sort of update on Solaris requires software updates from Oracle.
Both technologies have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Although after comparing them around the main features above, experts suggest that Linux can be a great choice. Major players like Amazon, Google and Netflix all rely on it while delivering services. Hence, when it comes to opting for a more efficient and reliable OS, Linux seems like a closer choice.