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    Default How do you pronounce "Linux?"

    I get this question every now and again. I guess the answer is however you want to.

    Personally I say it like "Lynn-ucks" which is like the person's name (Lynn) and the second half rhymes with "ducks." Like the kind that some people hunt and eat for dinner.

    However, I think that only one person can provide the definitive answer and that would be to ask Linus Torvalds how HE says it. After all, who better to ask than the guy that initiated development of the Linux kernel?

    Attached is a voice recording of how he says it. Sounds to me more like Leenex sort of like Kleenex. Hard to say for sure!
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    I pronounce Linux as "Lee - nucks" Actually I don't know. I have heard different people pronouncing in different manners. So I guess it really depends. However I agree that the only one who has the right answer is the one who developed it. ^_^

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    Lynn-ux, for sure. That is what I hear in the audio.

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    Here is a interesting clip by a person whose name is "Linux":
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    Actually his name is "Linus," and he would be the one to ask for how to pronounce the word "Linux"...Linus created the Linux Kernel.
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    Oh well, won't be the last time I get it wrong

    Funny how many people pronounce the same word differently very often.

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    Luuui nux
    that would sound interesting

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    i always used to pronouce it lie-nucks.

    just sounds better to me...

    I did buy a linux book tho which the first tip in it was about the pronouciation.

    "Pronouce the name linux with a short "i" - so it's "li-nucks" not "lie-nucks"."

    How did you get that recording Matt? Or you just happen to have great geeks in your black book? Lol.

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    I aksed him for a sound byte last time I was with him eating cheese and wine.
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    "line ucks"

    I'm probably wrong, though!
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