How to Pronounce Linux

On November 8, 2009, in pronounce, by Dipin Krishna

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How do you pronounce “Linux”
Lee-nooks
Lie-nuks
Lin-ucks
Lin-icks

There are three common pronunciations of Linux. All three are quite acceptable.

The only proper pronunciation is the one used by Linus Torvalds himself. The name Linux is a derivative of his name, and thus is pronounced like his name. Linus pronounces his name “Lee-noos”, so Linux is properly pronounced “Lee-nooks”. 

A linguistically acceptable pronunciation is based on the Anglicized pronunciation of Linus, which is “Lie-nus”. Hence, an acceptable Anglicized pronunciation of Linux is “Lie-nuks”.

However, there is a third common pronunciation of Linux, which is “Lin-icks” (or sometimes “Lin-ucks”). This pronunciation has no basis as a linguistic derivative. It does, however, sound more like “Unix”, which is probably the reason it came about.

 

3 Responses to “How to Pronounce Linux”

  1. trombonechamp says:

    Actually, most people make these pronunciation errors. The real way to pronounce it is:
    guh-new lih-nucks

  2. Chris says:

    Actually there is a fairly well known recording floating about the net of Linus pronouncing Linux, which he does NOT pronounce the same way he pronounces his name.

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