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    The History of TUX in Linux

    I've had people ask me before. Whats the deal with the pinguin? What does tha have to do with Linux or computers period?

    Well here it is, the reason why Tux is Tux.
    http://www.woodsoup.org/~sbaker/tux/doc/

    I found this site and thought it would be an interesting topic for all.



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    PS

    The short version for those that just want the crux of the story.
    Excerpt from the site:

    Why Penguins?
    Just in case you havn't already heard enough, here is Linus' explanation for why he's fond of Penguins:
    From: Linus Torvalds

    Ok, short version:
    I've always liked penguins, and when I was in Canberra a few years ago we went to the local zoo with Andrew Tridgell (of samba fame). There they had a ferocious penguin that bit me and infected me with a little known disease called penguinitis. Penguinitis makes you stay awake at nights just thinking about penguins and feeling great love towards them. So when Linux needed a mascot, the first thing that came into my mind was this picture of the majestic penguin, and the rest is history.
    Slightly more accurate version:
    Yes, I was bitten by a penguin, but it wasn't actually very ferocious. It was really just a pigmy penguin about 6 inches tall or something, and it was more of a timid nibble ("is this finger a see before me a small fish, or what?"). Even so, I like penguins a lot.

    More down-to-earth version:
    All the other logos were too boring - I wasn't looking for the "Linux Corporate Image", I was looking for something _fun_ and sympathetic to associate with Linux. A slightly fat penguin that sits down after having had a great meal fits the bill perfectly.

    Final comment:
    Don't take the penguin too seriously. It's supposed to be kind of goofy and fun, that's the whole point. Linux is supposed to be goofy and fun (it's also the best operating system out there, but it's goofy and fun at the same time!).
    The COOKIE TUX lives!!!!
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    this is cool... thx
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    HEHE...funny story.

    I've always wondered in the back of my mind where the Penguin came from but never actually searched for info on it or anything.

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    Hrm.. have you read this thread?
    BTW.. good post..

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    check out The Gospel According to Tux:
    http://www.ao.com/~regan/penguins/tux.html
    it r0x! old but cool.
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    Nice info; Great post

    Thanks!!
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    It's always good to know the roots of things. I've gotten that question a bunch of times myself I guess all of us AO folks really are a part of the same club ....

    The links are appreciated and made entertaining reading.
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    Tux stands for 'Torvalds UniX' and a penguin is sleek and fast in the water, hence the comparison to Linux (many people thought a penguin was a bad idea at first since penguins are supposed to be slow and fat - more like MS Windows!).
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    pwaring, so what your saying is that Linux is slow on Lan(d)??
    .....A penguin is sleek and fast in the water, hence the comparison to Linux (many people thought a penguin was a bad idea at first since penguins are supposed to be slow and fat - more like MS Windows!).
    lol, j/k

    Ne way's...Nice Post....Althoug slightly strang....but hey, thats the way ppl are....
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