AIX (Advanced Interactive eXecutive) is an operating system developed by IBM for business all across the world that needs data metrics that can keep up with the ever-changing scope of business in today’s world. AIX is a version of UNIX. AIX is designed to work on a number of computer platforms from the same manufacturer. On its launch, the system was designed for IBM’s RT PC RISC workstation.
AIX was developed with Bourne Shell
as the default shell for three versions of the OS. Afterwards, it was changed
to KornShell going forward from version 4. The OS uses Common Desktop
Environment (CDE) as the default user interface for graphics. The System
Management Interface Tool on the OS allows users to access the menu using a
hierarchy of commands instead of the command line.
The operating system works on a number of hardware platforms. The initial OS was designed for the IBM RT PC and used a microkernel that controlled the mouse, disk drives, keyboard, and display. This allowed users to use all these components between operating systems by the use of a hot key-the alt+tab combination. The OS was also fitted on newer systems such as the IBM PS/2 series, IDM mainframes, AI-64 systems and can also be used with the Apple’s server network. AIX is commonly used on IBM’s 64-bit POWER processor and systems. AIX can run most Linux applications (after recompiling) and has full support for Java 2.
Since its introduction to computer infrastructure, the operating system has undergone a lot of upgrades with five versions released since 2001. The latest version of the software is the AIX 7.2. All of these come with a high tech security system and fast uptimes.
As an operating system AIX has become popular with students who learn quickly by working on AIX projects live. Working professionals have also been attracted by the dependability of the system and the intuitive that is part of its design.