How to (Definitively) Pronounce Linux

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There is a lot of debate about the pronunciation of Linux. This post will close the issue for anyone who reads it.

Here’s the summary: If the undisputed creator of a given thing clearly communicates how to pronounce his creation, that pronunciation becomes the most correct one. This is especially true if that same creator explicitly states that there is only one way to pronounce it.

And that’s the exact situation we have with Linux, created by Linus Torvalds. Here’s his quote:

…I don’t really care how people pronounce my name, but Linux is always Lih-nix.

And here’s the video of him giving that quote:

End of discussion.


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