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Old 12-05-2003, 07:32 AM   #1
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Linux - Lin Ux or Li Nux


How do you pronounce Linux.

Is it pronounced as Lynn Ux or Line Ux

Everyone I've spoken to seems to say it differently, which is correct ?
 
Old 12-05-2003, 07:34 AM   #2
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Linux is named after Linus Torvalds. I would pronounce Linus as Line Us, so Linux is Line Ux.

John

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Old 12-05-2003, 07:47 AM   #3
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This is a matter of religous debate, but seriously, if you want to hear "The Man" himself pronounce it, click here. There ... that should settle the debate

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Old 12-05-2003, 08:02 AM   #4
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as non-english speaker i am really surprised about this debate.
there can be only one way you can pronounce it, isnīt it so?
 
Old 12-05-2003, 08:14 AM   #5
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Originally posted by jaan kaer
as non-english speaker i am really surprised about this debate.
there can be only one way you can pronounce it, isnīt it so?
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.
 
Old 12-05-2003, 08:37 AM   #6
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....and add to the fact that Linus is from the minority of Swedish speaking finns, and the confusion grows to even larger proportions. He doesn't even pronounce his own name right!

j/k

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Old 12-05-2003, 03:49 PM   #7
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Maybe you english-speaking should start to spell Linux as Leenux instead? I guess that would get it closer to how it should be pronounced.

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Old 12-05-2003, 04:20 PM   #8
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Leenux thats one way I have never heard
 
Old 12-05-2003, 04:21 PM   #9
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Maybe you english-speaking should start to spell Linux as Leenux instead? I guess that would get it closer to how it should be pronounced.
And what do you think Leenus would say about that?

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Old 12-05-2003, 04:31 PM   #10
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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.
 
Old 12-05-2003, 04:40 PM   #11
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It isn't pronounced LIN-ux or li-NUX, but rather LI-nix. It's meant to rhyme with Minix. Linux is Linus's Minix.
 
Old 12-05-2003, 05:19 PM   #12
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Do you know what this reminds me of?

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.

The lesson here: Americans are stubborn.
 
Old 12-05-2003, 06:05 PM   #13
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Linus pronouces his name in his native accent as "Lee-noos" and the name of his O/S as "Lee-nooks"
 
Old 12-05-2003, 06:13 PM   #14
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would be much easier if his parents had just named him Joe
 
Old 12-05-2003, 08:14 PM   #15
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Originally posted by mac_phil
It isn't pronounced LIN-ux or li-NUX, but rather LI-nix. It's meant to rhyme with Minix. Linux is Linus's Minix.
*brain implodes*
 
  


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