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Linux on Jeopardy

CmdrTaco posted more than 14 years ago | from the pronunciation-does-matter dept.

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yesthatguy writes "Tonight's episode of Jepoardy! featured a question in the "Tech Business and Industry" category that asked which operating system was made by Linus Torvalds and can be obtained for free. The answer(question), of course: 'What is Linux?' An interinsting point I noticed...the kid (Teen Tournament) that gave the answer, pronounced the name wrong. Jeopardy usually will not give credit to a mispronunciation... " Please! No pronunciation holy wars! But that is pretty cool. Ya know you've hit the big time when you get a question on Jeopardy.

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Alex too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1540475)

Alex repeated the contestant's mistaken pronunciation. Also, they pronounced Linus like the Peanuts cartoon character.

Now that's just plain cool (1)

Target Practice (79470) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540476)

Of course, it'd be cooler if I cared about jeopardy. The song is so annoying. Anyhoo, great to know the answer to one of the questions on that show, FINALLY...

Target Practice

I don't get all the holy wars (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1540477)

Isn't Linus Torvalds pronounced like Linux on Peanuts? And if so, wouldn't he name it Linux (pronounced like Linus on Peanuts). Why Linux pronounced with a long i?

Pronunciation (1)

Catch22RG (71033) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540479)

Why is "LIN nux" considered the proper pronunciation? After all, Linus Torvalds named it after himself. Wouldn't that make it "LIE nux"?

First post?

What is this? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1540480)

News for nerds? Stuff that matters?

Re:so what is the right pronunciation? (1)

xyster (128) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540481)

its 'lee-nooks'

with a short i

wasnt this a poll a while back?

lih-nucks (2)

quadong (52475) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540482)

i never understand people who argue over pronumciation and then go on to write stuff like "r u goin 2 the store"

Re:I don't get all the holy wars (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1540483)

no, it's pronounced Leenus. Rhymes with Peenus :-)

Europe vs. America (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1540484)

In America, it's Lye-nux, in Europe it's Lyn-ux. On the internet, it's everywhere.

Re:I don't get all the holy wars (1)

questionlp (58365) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540486)

There was a debate about the pronounciation of Linux and Linus here before... I personally say both `lie-nucks' and `lin-ix' since I really don't care. But anyways... it's `Yet Another Linux Plug by the Media'

Re:lih-nucks (1)

gleam (19528) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540487)

Hush, matt. Although you're right about it being lih-nucks. Everyone knows that. The easiest way to verify is to listen to Linus talk about it some time.. he pronounces it Lih-nucks. And I'm inclined to trust the man.

what about u? r u inclined 2 trust linus?

(whee.)

regards,
-efisher
---

Who cares? (2)

sspiff (63371) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540488)

Let's here it for pathetic self validation!!!

Let Linux stand on its own merits. I could care less whether its it is on "Jepoardy" or not.

This article gets a big fat yawn. . .

We should dedicate a jeopardy tournemant to Linux (1)

benzol (46240) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540489)

Think about it, we could replace Alex Trebek with Linus, replace the Jeopardy Logo with Tux, and have CmdrTaco and Hemos as the Judges(aka the guys that ring the wrong buzzer). We could ask things like "There are this many lines of code in the current stable release of the Linux Kernel", or "This distribution of Linux is the most open of them all"

Pronunciation (5)

rde (17364) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540492)

Jeez. Do you think Windows users argue like this?
"It's a piece of shit"
"No, it's a piece of shite"
"You're both wrong, it's a pile of shit"
"Actually..."

Be grateful you can still count contending pronunciations without taking your socks off.

What is in a pronunciation (2)

Manifest (50758) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540493)

I have heard this a hundred times.. Does it matter how one pronounces Linux ?? My answer would be a YES. Now.. before you jump on me let me explain.

Linux is growing. Its "followers" have constat wars is news grps etc about the best text editor, the best windows manager, the best distribution and so on. All healthy. But please, if you are using a software that runs the whole damn computer, you better pronounce it correctly. Let there be atleast two things that we agree upon, the first being that LInux is the best :0

BTW how exactly do we pronounce Linux ?? Linux or 'Lenux' ??

A rose is a rose but looses it charm when you call it 'shit' !

Manifest

Re:Pronunciation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1540494)

No. Linus's name is pronounced, roughly, as LEE-nus, not LIE-nus. He originally pronounced Linux LEE-nux. But no one else did. Most people pronounce it LIN-nux. And the rest pronounce it LIE-nux. I prefer the former.

Re:Pronunciation (1)

rlkoppenhaver (101366) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540495)

Of course the pronunciation of "Linus" depends on what language you're speaking.

English: Lie nus
Finnish: Lin oos

OH MY GOD HOW EXCITING!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1540496)

Actually, I could give a fuck less. What a yawn slashdot has become.

Cool... (1)

Amaranth (87020) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540497)

They should have done it as a video clue with Torvalds himself.
And he could be flagrantly displaying a Transmeta coffee mug or something, just to screw with our minds.

beer not speech (1)

casret (64258) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540498)

Notice that jeopardy emphasized the free beer aspect rather than the free speech.

Just a random observation on a random story.

Re:Alex too (1)

sirhan (105815) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540499)

Here in Chicago, I don't know anybody who doesn't refer to his name as the peanuts character. Just wanted to defend our pronunciation. You must be from the east coast.

They mispronounced Linus as well (2)

jes5199 (70849) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540502)

Yep. Linus doesn't use the American pronunciation of his name. The show did, though.

cooler than a superbowl commercial (2)

miahrogers (34176) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540503)

This is much cooler than the proposed superbowl commercial. just personal opinion of coarse, but the people who watch jeoparody seem to care more about computers than those who watch the superbowl. As the jeoparody is a game of intellect and the superbowl is one of brawn. So maybe we'd be better off if we skipped the whole superbowl idea and got commercials at some other time? like during jeoparody, or sponsored NOVA.

matisse:~$ cat .sig

Re:What is in a pronunciation (1)

MichaelH (3651) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540506)

A rose is a rose but looses it charm when you call it 'shit' !

And where does the charm go when it's loosed?
------------
Michael Hall
mphall@cstone.nospam.net

computers in pop culture (1)

Ater (87170) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540507)

shows that computers, programmers, and industry heads are slowly starting to become part of mainstream culture. I remember about a month ago out school trivia team went to a tournament and a full bonus category about computer figures popped up, featuring questions about assorted people ranging from innovators like Torvalds (and others whom I forget) to businessmen like Steve Case and Andy Grove. I also notice computer acro questions are starting to become more popular in trivia competition, though unfortunately they tend to be mispronounced as well :)

Pronunciation Wars (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1540508)

What do you mean, "No pronunciation holy wars!"
You're the one who said the kid mispronounced it, therefore assuming that you have the correct pronunciation. I demand to be free to pronounce Linux as "Throat Warbler Mangrove".

Re:I don't get all the holy wars (4)

Millennium (2451) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540509)

Nope, Linux Torvalds isn't pronounced like Linux on Peanuts. It's the Peanuts pronunciation which gave rise to the myth that it is pronounced "LINE-ux."

Consider, by the way, that "Linux" is actually a dual pun. It plays both on Linus' name and Minix, the OS which inspired Linux. Minix is pronounced with a short i (like the first i in"mini"). Linus, as least in the context of Torvalds' first name, is also pronounced in this way. Therefore, why would Linux not also be pronounced with the same short i as both of its linguistic predecessors? Particularly since Linus himself pronounces it the same way he pronounces his name.

As far as I'm concerned, the person who gave the OS its name gets to pick how it's correctly pronounced. But let's not get into a holy war over this.

The master speaks (2)

copito (1846) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540511)

FWIW, you can hear [tuxedo.org] how Linus pronounces Linux.

More to the point, Jeopardy does not mark you wrong for unambiguous mispronunciations or spellings.
--

Well, down under, it's LIN-ux (1)

Xenex (97062) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540512)

Well, down under, it's LIN-ux (which is right, that is how Linus says it...)

Jeopardy's all well and good, but... (3)

Mister Attack (95347) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540513)

Well, you know you've _really_ hit the big time when you get on Wheel of Fortune. And after that, who knows? Maybe in the Showcase on The Price Is Right. Now _that_ would be prestige!

Re:Now that's just plain cool (1)

AndyL (89715) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540514)

Of course, once this is compensated into my New England accent, doesn't this pronounce as "Line-ux"? Because I know I would pronounce his name the same way as the peanuts character.

Re:I don't get all the holy wars (1)

mindstrm (20013) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540515)

No, it's not. Neither of them are pronounced the way you think.

You will find a sample of Linus pronouncing his own name, as well as linux, on ftp.kernel.org

The "Official" Pronunciation (1)

Wyvern13 (95556) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540516)

Okay, here's how it is : There are two pronunciations (according to Linus), one in English and one in Swedish. The English one, used by most, is Lie-Nuchs. The Swedish, and, many argue, purer one, is Lih-Nuchs. Some may argue that although it is best if one pronounces it in his native tongue, I believe that we owe it to Linus to pronounce it the way he and his people do : Lih-Nuchs.

Re:Now that's just plain cool (2)

miahrogers (34176) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540517)

oh so THAT'S what they play when i type sndconfig in redhat. Geesh i thought it was some sort of radio transmission from veitnam. I still can't make out anything of what he's saying, but it is nice to know what it is.

matisse:~$ cat .sig

Forget the pronunciation wars (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1540518)

I just pronounce it "Freax"

Linux on Jeopardy (and other unimportant things) (1)

kcarnold (99900) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540519)

It should have been there a long time ago...

I don't care about pronounciations. As long as I know what they're talking about or vice versa, I am happy. LILO is another one with a couple of possibilities, but don't tell me which one! I don't care! People know what I'm talking about.

Of course a question like this would only be asked on a Teen Tournament. Face it, teens are more likely to know / care about this stuff than their elders. Why? I dunno. I suspect that it might have something to relate to the time they have to mess around with such things or how angry they get at their other operating system when it crashes in the middle of writing a report. Just guesses, considering that these are among my reasons. Perhaps it is also because the word 'cool' is used much more often by teens than by adults, and they have to find something to describe with it. No holy OS wars because of this, please!

Speaking of publicity, my parents say that there was something about Linux on NPR, but I didn't hear it so I don't necessarily believe them. Somebody verify this. There was also a short interview with Red Hat's CEO, but I forget what network that was on. There's something for you to post about; I know you've been waiting a whole minute to find something. Why? Because you read this post! Okay, that was pointless.

Kenneth Arnold

If Linus doesn't care, why should I? (1)

Daffy Duck (17350) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540520)

This question came up at a Q&A with Linus (as I'm sure it does at every Q&A with Linus) a little while back. He said that in Finland he's called "lee-nus", but in English speaking circles even he refers to himself as "lie-nus". And that he didn't care what people called the OS as long as they knew it was available to them. Isn't it all about choice anyway?

So I hereby decree that although it may sound like I say "lie-nux", I am in fact saying "lee-nux" with a thick American accent.

Re:so what is the right pronunciation? (1)

DarkClown (7673) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540521)

that sounds goofy! i've been walking around saying it, and i'm sticking with lin-ucks, dammit!

Re:Linus knows. (1)

Enahs (1606) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540522)

Pardon my memory, but I've seen interviews where Linus states that he doesn't really care. :^P

Re:Jeopardy's all well and good, but... (1)

miahrogers (34176) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540523)

of coarse if it was in the showcase EVERYONE would overbid as linux is free and you can only bid at $1.

matisse:~$ cat .sig

Pronunciation (1)

Kerosene (18371) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540524)

Ffor people wondering why if his name is Linus that we pronounce it LINN-ucks, its because he pronounces his name LINN-us. There ya go :P

Teen Jeopardy... (2)

Freehold (52865) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540525)


I was watching this teen tournament thing the other day. Some kid was given "The Pollen producing component of the plant," to reply to. His answer : What is the hymen? You could see Trebeck fighting the urge to burst out laughing.

- Freehold, or maybe a rock.

Re:What is in a pronunciation (1)

Manifest (50758) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540526)

The wild wild west ! :)

In case you didnot notice, I said charm and not "quality'.

Manifest

Re:Pronunciation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1540527)

Sure doesn't. Depends on the language of the people that named the guy "Linus".

Re:I don't get all the holy wars (1)

schnurble (16727) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540528)

According to the WAV file referenced in another reply (on ftp.kernel.org somewhere) and to posts Linus has made himself (and the correct *FINNISH* pronounciation of his name), it's pronounced something like "Leenucks". I used to insist on "lineucks", now I say "lynnucks" because it's faster to say :). Of course, the instructor in my UNIX OS and UNIX Administration classes pronounces it correctly ("leenucks"), and boy is it hard to listen to :)

Re:so what is the right pronunciation? (1)

Skim123 (3322) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540529)

Who cares about correct pronunciation. Language is malleable and based upon the whims of society as a whole. New worlds enter and leave the vernacular daily. If enough people pronounce it line-ux, then that is how it will be pronounced. Personally, I call it line-ux. I think lynn-ux just sounds funny.

Re:Forget the pronunciation wars (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1540530)

How do you pronounce "Freax"? Is it "freaks" or is it "Free Ax"?

It will really be cool... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1540531)

...when they have a visual clue showing a desktop, and you have to name the window manager! Or how about a category called "Gnu", where the answers are commands like "ls".

Re:Europe vs. America (1)

HyLander42 (67074) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540532)


I don't know where in America you're from, but in Delaware and surrounding area it's pronounced lyn-ux.

Re:If Linus doesn't care, why should I? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1540533)

No, Daffy. When you say it I hear "lye-nuckths". Hey! Thstop thspitting!

Re:Linus knows. (1)

Microlith (54737) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540534)

I just saw an interview with torvalds on TV, and it sounded to me like he had nowhere the accent that I hear in the sound. He sounded more american, with a lot lighter voice. But then, so do a lot of people who spend a lot of time over here.

I don't know if he said "LiNuX" at all, because about 2 minutes into the segment, the cable went out. Go figure. (as I systematically take out each Comcast office 50 miles around here... FWOOM!)

(New Media News was the show)

Re:so what is the right pronunciation? (1)

Zhaus (33218) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540535)

No that's definately wrong.

"Hey, what OS are you running?"

"'I don't care.'"

"No, really..."

Re:Linux on Jeopardy (and other unimportant things (1)

palp (90815) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540536)

Speaking of publicity, my parents say that there was something about Linux on NPR, but I didn't hear it so I don't necessarily believe them. Somebody verify this.
My father said there was a feature on Linus and Linux, and this was several (>6) months ago.

Sweedish? Are rou retarded? (1)

theLime (4908) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540537)

Lets get our proximal scandinavian countries straight, eh?


For my 2 cents:

*Ideally we'd all call it Lee-nooks, after Lee-noos Torvalds, but thats kinda awkward.

*If Linus were American, he'd pronounce his name Lie-nus.

Thus:

My American toungue calls it "Lie-nucks" after it's creator.

But you won't get me correcting any other pronunciation.
The 'net is a reading-based culture, so as long as we can all spell it right we're ok.

--Andrew

Re:I don't get all the holy wars (2)

Millennium (2451) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540538)

That's just it. The combination of phonemes in "LEEN-ooks" occurs so rarely in English that it's rather awkward for a native English-speaker to say. The correct paraphrase is, if I'm not mistaken, "LINN-ucks," therefore both pronunciations are linguistically correct, given the differences in language. "LINE-ucks" is still way out there.

I've heard Linus pronounce it 3 ways. (1)

yet another coward (510) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540539)

I, with my own ears through the miracle of digital audio, have heard Linus say Linux as "lee-nooks," "lie-nuks" and "lin-uks." On ZDNET television, I heard him say both "lie-nuks" and "lin-uks."

Re:Pronunciation & Windows (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1540540)

We're too busy rebooting to argue about such trivial shit.

The trouble with teenagers these days... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1540541)

Last week when I saw the teen tournament, and the question was about a programming language named after an island nation the kid couldn't blurt out Java fast enough (he didn't wait for the question to be read). BUT, on the next question, which was history (This man's invention, the Difference Engine, was the foundation for modern computing...or something like that) the kid blew it and said 'Hollerith' instead of 'Babbage'.

Damned kids, they only know the hype. They're not studying their history.

Oh Jeopardy respects Linux, do they? (1)

invenustus (56481) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540542)

Then why is it that their online game, although written in Java, only works in Windows, because of the way it stores files? I've tried it in Linux and in MacOS. They don't respond to my emails. I love the game but I can't play it in Linux.

Re:I don't get all the holy wars (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1540543)

So should Windows users complain when someone with an accent pronounces it differently than in America? Not only is it a silly argument it's pointless. From my understanding Linus does NOT care how it's pronounced.

Oh Jeopardy respects Linux, do they? (1)

invenustus (56481) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540544)

Then why is it that their online game [sony.com], although written in Java, only works in Windows, because of the way it stores files? I've tried it in Linux and in MacOS. They don't respond to my emails. I love the game but I can't play it in Linux.

Re:The "Official" Pronunciation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1540545)

"Lie-nucks" is annoying as hell. I just wanna scratch my fingers down someones back everyone someone says that. I have never pronounced "Linus" as "LIE nus" but rather "Lih nus", i'm american. I have an uncle with the linus name but pronounces it Lih nuhs... "LIE nux" sounds god awful.

Re:I don't get all the holy wars (1)

Darth Maul (19860) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540546)

Personally, I pronounce it "LI-nux" with the
long "i". I always thought it was a good
way to differentiate old-school vs. new-
school Linux users. Back in the day, we
didn't have any way of knowing how it was
pronounced, because the word was only in
print! So we decided on the long "i"
version because it just sounded right ;).

Hold on let me ask rsynth... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1540547)

rsynth says it is "line ux" and so it is. Line ux. Pronunciation problem solved.

Linux... typing? (1)

sklib (26440) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540548)

At some point I had never thought about pronouncing it because I just typed it instead. Wonder if it's proper to capitalize or not... ohwell :)

Is Windows 2000 that millenium bug everybody's talking about?

Re:Linux on Jeopardy (and other unimportant things (2)

copito (1846) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540549)

The Redhat interview is saw was on CNN's Moneyline sometime this weekend, they asked Bob Young about the MS case (who had a 6.0 box in the background, apparently they haven't upgraded the PR studio), he said his favorite remedy was a perpetual investigation. They also asked him about the Cobalt IPO (I think the interviewer thought it was a direct competitor), he said the more Linux companies the better. Redhat gets a lot of press since the IPO so the fact of a Redhat interview isn't really news.

The latest linux story on NPR is here [npr.org]. It was a pretty well informed interview with John Dodge, the editor of PC Week. You can find archives for most NPR shows at www.npr.org [npr.org]. The first story I could find using their search engine was in April of 1998.


--

English (2)

Lord Dragon PiLMaN (113729) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540551)

The entire debate with the pronounciation of Linux is all really English's (and maybe German's) fault. It's that simple. Even when you try to explain the pronunciation in text, it does not work. Not even if you say something like 'short i' or 'long i.' To different people that means different things. To Americans, and other Native English speakers 'short i' means the i in little and 'long i' means the ie in lie.

Whereas, in Romance languages, 'long i' means the ee in geek. Heck, even speakers of the same language don't agree. The British pronounce things differently than Americans.

Also, grammar and spelling is different. Such as ' quote ' as opposed to American " quote ." And colour and theatre as opposed to color and theater.

Case in point: This is all English's fault. I say we rm -rf /English/* right now. It will be the best for all of us. No more confusion. While we're at is let's just cp /Español/* /mnt/thing/backup and then rm -rf /* and then rcp /Español/* / to fix everything else too.

Hasta luego!

-El Señor Dragón al'JeRHombre Semidiós'de'Guerra


(in case you didn't figure it out, that was a joke, it's Lord Dragon al'PiLMaN Dai'Shan en Español)

What about China? (1)

qqaz (33114) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540552)

Does the People's Republic's Official OS have and Official Pronounciation?

You mean... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1540553)

...great to know the _question_ to one of the _answers_ on the show, right?

Re:Pronunciation (1)

Mox-Dragon (87528) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540555)

Yes. Linux torvalds did name it after himself. The problem lies in your english pronunciation of his name. Linus is finnish. Finnish pronunciation differs from english pronunciation; Linus prononuces his name "lihn-us"

How M$ pronounce 'Linux' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1540556)

It pronounced like 'Fear, uncertainty, doubt, liar lux'. :)

But seriously... (1)

Mr Z (6791) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540557)

I actually got in an argument with a teacher over how "DOS" was pronounced. She insisted it was pronounced with a long O, as in "dose" (eg. like the Spanish number 2). I of course insisted on a short O, "doss", if you will...

*sigh*

--Joe
--

Re:Europe vs. America (1)

Processor AL (17975) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540558)

Here in So. Cal. I hear some people call it lye-nucks. I sort of smirk when I hear it, kind of like the IBM'rs smirk when somebody spells out SNA.

What I want to know is where is the Pronunciaion How-To?

Forget Linux (5)

copito (1846) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540559)

If you really want a geeky pronunciation argument, try any of the following:

csh
tcsh
lilo
cache
~
#
!

For the record I'm:

cee-ess-aich
teesh
lie-low
cash
tild-ah, although I'm gravitating towards twiddle
hash
bang



--

Re:Sweedish? Are rou retarded? (1)

_Stryker (15742) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540560)

Evidently you are the retarded one for calling other people names. If you would have known anything, you would have known that Linus does speak Swedish and that the sound bytes of him saying it are in Swedish. The Finns have TWO official languages, Swedish and Finnish. So the original poster was correct when he said "Swedish pronunciation."

(For anyone that cares, I am an American, but lived in Sweden for four years.)
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Well, at Linux Expo 2 years ago... (1)

bbk (33798) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540561)

They did something like it two years ago at the end of Linux Expo... Teams of people, questions like "name 20 linux distros", etc...

The funniest thing about it was the question:

"What kernel version was the first one where the .tar.gz file was bigger than 10MB?"

and Bruce Perens (I think, it was a while ago) answered "Windows NT". Yeah, you had to be there.

Linus was in the audience and was consulted a
couple of times for corrections. Afterwards, I got run over by Miguel de Icaza chasing Eric Raymond around in the lobby... All in all it was damn cool!

Re:Forget Linux (1)

Knile (18599) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540563)

I agree, except:
tsch == tea sea ess aitch
~ == til dee
# == pound, or channel, or number
! == egads

Re:I don't get all the holy wars (1)

Musc (10581) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540565)

How is LINE-ucks way out there? It is just a change in accent, like lin-ucks instead of lee-nooks. In fact, though it seems to be very popular, how in fact is lin-ucks a correct pronounciation? in the .au file, linus pronounces his name leenoos, and the OS lee-nooks. In the unitd states, people with the name Linus are called Lie-nus. So it would be correct to say lee-nooks, or Line-ux if you feel like americanizing it. Lin-ucks is just lazy pronounciation. (not that it matters)

Re:I don't get all the holy wars (1)

xrayspx (13127) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540567)

Is this to say that the second "i" in "mini" is a long "i"? Min-eye?

Not that this whole thing isn't off-topic anyway. I'm a "linnucks" (short "i") man myself. Maybe we should all go FreeBSD since it's easier to pronounce?

But Linus is a *ROMAN* name, not Finnish! (1)

fishbowl (7759) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540568)

Regardless of how Linus pronounces his name, the
name is Latin. How would a Roman have said this
name? I believe that we should honor Linus'
Scandinavian heritage, but we also should not be
so hard on people who assume that the name is pronounced
as it would be in most of the rest of the world
where latin names are common.

Trebek's kiss of death (2)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540569)

Other Jeopardy mainstays include the many inventions of Buckminster Fuller and Esperanto. And now Linux. Be afraid.

"He's canadian, no wonder he didn't get it right, what'd you expect?"

"Ummm how about 'Linux, eh?'"

Acceptable in Jeopardy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1540570)

I think the rules are as follows: the judges will accept an answer as long as no two vowel sounds are pronounced incorrectly or no consonant is ommitted. So as long as he got either the lie-, lee- or -nucks, -nooks part right, it's a correct answer.

Re:Pronunciation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1540571)


hahah... he has Finish citizenship. But his mother tongue is Swedish. There is some remarkable part of the Finnish population that speaks Swedish.

Swedish and Finnish are VERY different languages.
Swedish belongs to the indogerman family (as danish, norway, german, english), while Finnish is close to hungarian (finno-ugrian family).

You Americans are SO DAMN unknowledgeable about the world outside the fast food and coca cola zone...

Re:Europe vs. America (1)

fR0993R-on-Atari-520 (60152) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540572)

Well, some of those people have been using Linux since kernel level .99, so they probably don't give a damn if you think it's funny how the pronounce it.


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symbol for a name? (1)

Xkill_ (66601) | more than 14 years ago | (#1540573)

I think linux should adopt a symbol for its name just like the artist formerly known as prince did. maybe it could be a cute little penguin.

but the again people would argue about wether it was "the OS formerly known as LIE nucks," or the OS formerly known as LYNN ucks."

hmmm, maybe we should jsut shorten it to "ucks" since that is the only thing similar between the two...



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