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What is the difference between DOS and UNIX?

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I.Isabella

I.Isabella

I.Isabella
I.Isabella

Answered Jan 16, 2020

There are different types of operating systems; both DOS and UNIX are just two common examples of operating systems out of many others that exist. Both are text-based, and they look very similar when you consider some of their functions. However, there are some noticeable differences between DOS and UNIX. Let's start with their compatibility with GUI. DOS uses the command line, but it is not equipped with GUI. UNIX, on the other hand, uses GUI.

The fact that UNIX uses GUI is the reason why most users consider it superior to DOS. Another feature of UNIX, which makes it be more okay than DOS, is the security aspect of it. Although this actually adds to the complexity of UNIX, it is still a good feature. DOS does not have the security function because it was made primarily for PCs. Another difference is that UNIX is more sensitive than DOS.

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E. Jonathan

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E. Jonathan, Content Team Lead, Degree in Literature, Los Angeles, California

Answered Nov 04, 2019

DOS and UNIX are computer operating systems that give your computer the capability to execute files and run programs. They are both text-based; however, there are some variances between them. For instance, UNIX has a GUI, but DOS does not. GUI is a graphical user interface that allows your computer to interact with electronic devices by clicking an icon as an alternative to using command prompts.

UNIX has further security than DOS, so it is more for server use, while DOS is geared towards home use. UNIX is case sensitive, but DOS is not, and example would be in UNIX a folder with Edward.exe and edward.exe would be considered two distinct files, and in DOS, it would be considered the same file. Also, Unix uses // and DOS uses \\ in their directory structure. Just remember DOS is for personal use and UNIX for server use.

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