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Originally posted by burnpile Unfortunately no. In English the long i vowel sound as in 'line' and the short i vowel sound as in 'tin' are often spelled very similar.
Just to put some rules about the pronounciation of the vowel "i" ; if the word ends in "e" it changes the normal vowel sound to the aphabetical sound. So on application "i" in line is long as per the alphabet but in the word tin the sound is short. The same rule applies to all vowels.(eg just used same "a" is long because it ends in "e") Complicated language but really has nothing to do with how Linux is pronounced since it does not have an english origin. However when I have been introduced to people with name Linus its always been the long "i" sound so the comment from Hakan (whose home language this is) is interesting.
When Jimmy Page had finally decided on a name for his band Led Zeppelin, there was debate as to the spelling. Page decided that it should be spelled Led (instead of lead, which is the correct english spelling.) He thought that when Americans saw the name, they would pronounce it as Leed Zeppelin, instead of the desired Led Zeppelin.