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Linux Pronunciation

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Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux, explains how the word should be pronounced.

This clip taken from a longer interview from Revolution OS. Buy the DVD! 🙂

23 thoughts on “Linux Pronunciation

  1. When I speak Swedish it's /ˌliːˈnʊs/, when I speak Finnish it's /ˌliːˈnu̞s/, when I speak English it's /ˈlaɪnəs/, and I really don't care how people pronounce my name; but Linux is always /ˈlɪnʊks/

    The God has spoken.

  2. Ux would never pronounced as icks. It would be ucks. So regardless of the argument over the first syllable, "icks" is totally wrong. Reminds me of sitting through a junior high report a girl made, droning on and on about Albert EN-STEN. After she got to the familiar relativity stuff, someone raised their hand and asked if she was in fact reporting on Albert Einstein. It is hilarious how many world reknowned "expert" scientists of various fields on televised documentaries completely mis-pronounce names of things the rest of the world knows by its correctly pronounced name. I'll always pronounce it LIE NUX, after the correct pronunciation of Linus' name. It's like nails on a blackboard to hear him say it LIN IX.

  3. The inventor of GIFs has definitely stated that it is pronounced "Jif" – which is totally wrong as the G stands for Graphics so the G in GIF is a hard G.

    The point is that just because the inventor of something says it's pronounced one way doesn't mean he's right, just that he could still be wrong but with authority.

    If Torvalds had wanted it to be pronounced the way most people (incorrectly) pronounce it then why didn't he spell it "Linnux"?

    Just look at diner / dinner, winer / winner, etc. A double consonant makes all the difference. I may eventually have to concede and pronounce it "Linnux" but damn, it's going to feel SO awkward!

  4. My computer teacher pronounce it as "lie-nux" until I heard in a. YouTube video where it was pronounced as "lee-nux" so I searched to verify this and turned out it was "lee-nux" at all

  5. My computer teacher pronounce it as "lie-nux" until I heard in a. YouTube video where it was pronounced as "lee-nux" so I searched to verify this and turned out it was "lee-nux" at all

  6. I hate to say this, but with the more political or sensitive professors, this is a very good strategy. It's how you can go from a C+ paper to an A- paper. *sigh*.

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