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Question: How do you say Linux?
Lih-nuhx   -7 (63.6%)
Lai-nuhx (ai as in aisle or i in bile)   -2 (18.2%)
Leenuhx   -2 (18.2%)
Other ( Huh )   -0 (0%)
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Linux Pronunciation
« on: April 10, 2012, 06:15:22 am »

Recently, I've been refreshing my knowledge of Linux and learning about it from the ground up because, frankly, my ability to use Linux is a bit spotty.  I found out that Linus personally pronounces it Lih-nux, but I'm wondering how you guys say it.  Personally I say "Lainux" so I hope I'm not sounding like an idiot in front of Linux users.
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Re: Linux Pronunciation
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2012, 12:05:08 pm »

I pronounce it lee-nooks.
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2012, 07:27:42 pm »

Since it's based on "Linus", the third pronunciation is most "correct", but I hear most people (including myself) use the first one. It just rolls off the tongue a lot better in English.

It's definitely not the second one, though.
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2012, 05:58:46 pm »

But the second is how you pronounce 'Linus'... in English, at least.
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2012, 07:33:51 pm »

That's a different "Linus" (which comes from Greek). Linus Torvalds's name is Swedish.

This doesn't necessarily make the second pronunciation of "Linux" incorrect (especially because Torvalds himself pronounces his "Linus" with that "i" sound), but I've never heard of anyone pronouncing "Linux" in that way (until I read this topic).
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2012, 10:19:54 pm »

That's a different "Linus" (which comes from Greek). Linus Torvalds's name is Swedish.
As far as I can tell, the Greek name Λῖνος is the basis for both the Swedish and English names (via "Linus" in Latin). The English pronunciation has apparently been mangled with the rest of the language by the Great Vowel Shift; the Swedish version more or less preserves the first vowel (assuming ancient Greek sounded the way it's usually thought to).

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This doesn't necessarily make the second pronunciation of "Linux" incorrect (especially because Torvalds himself pronounces his "Linus" with that "i" sound), but I've never heard of anyone pronouncing "Linux" in that way (until I read this topic).
For the record, I pronounce Linux the way Linus used to do it (in the original Swedish): /ˈlɪnʊks/, which I guess is more or less the first choice. Similarly, I say something like [ˈliːn.ɵs ˈtuːr.valds] in Swedish. However, Linus doesn't really care how you pronounce his name, as long as pronounce Linux correctly.
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Re: Linux Pronunciation
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2012, 12:51:34 pm »

I pronounce it Lie-nix (close enough to the second option that I picked it).  I've been told (often) that I should pronounce it Lin-nix.   Undecided
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2012, 04:09:01 pm »

Lin-nix
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« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2012, 04:14:47 am »

I guess I should start saying Lih-nix from now on , hehe.  Grin
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