Difference between Linux and macOS

Linux OS is an independent development of Unix-like systems, while MacOS is based on the BSD code base.

Despite being similar, these systems are not binary compatible

However, a large number of non-open-source programmes that run on Mac OS were created using non-open-source libraries.

Linux Vs macOS:


Linus Torvalds is the founder of the Linux operating system family. This Linux distro has been packaged.

Debian, Fedora, and Ubuntu are a few of the most popular Linux distributions.

It was written in C and assembly code; a monolithic kernel is used by Linux.

Linux distributions are built for a variety of technologies including cloud computing, embedded systems, mobile phones, desktops, servers, mainframe computers, and supercomputers.

In 1991, Linux’s initial release was made public, as Linux was developed earlier than macOS.


The macOS trademark is used by Apple Incorporation to market a variety of proprietary graphical operating systems.

It was previously known as Mac OS X and then OS X was created especially for Mac computers.

Swift, Objective-C, C++, Assembly, and C were used to construct it.

It is the second most popular operating system for personal computers after Windows.

Apple released the initial iteration of macOS in 2001.

What is the difference between Linux and macOS?

Linus Torvalds was the founder of Linux OS.Apple Corporation was the founder of MacOS.
It was introduced in 1991.It was introduced in 2001.
Its target system categories include mainframe computers, supercomputers, desktop computers, servers, and mobile devices.Workstations, personal computers, and embedded systems make up its target system categories.
IA-32, x86-64, ARM, PowerPC, and SPARC are among the supported computer architectures by Linux.Ax86-64 (10.4.7 and higher), IA-32 (10.4.4–10.6.8), and PowerPC are the three computer architectures that macOS supports (10.0-10.5.8).
It features a single monolithic kernel.Its kernel type is a Hybrid with Modules.
As compared to macOS, LINUX/POSIX is its native API.Carbon, Cocoa, Java, and BSD-POSIX are some of its native APIs.
GNU GPLv2 is the preferred license for it (kernel).It has the APSL, GNU GPL, and Proprietary licenses that are favoured.
The distribution effects of its packages are managed.The macOS installer is its package manager.
Its subsystems are compatible with non-native APIs such as Mono, Java, Win16, and Win32.Its subsystems support non-native APIs such as Toolbox, Win16, and Win32.
Depending on the distribution, it manages updates.It uses Software Updates for update management.
Linux can work with the following file systems: FAT, ISO 9660, ext2, ext3, ext4, ReiserFS, and ext4.HFS+, APFS, HFS, UFS, AFP, ISO 9660, FAT, UDF, NFS, SM BFS, NTFS, FTP, WebDAV, and ZFS are among the file systems supported by macOS.


Both Linux and macOS are superior because of their Unix heritage, for example, they have the same command-line shell and file structure.

The main differences are the Linux kernel is open-source and anyone can modify it.

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