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Is there a proper pronunciation for the word Linux?

Could someone write the phonetics for pronouncing "Linux", and also the somewhat notorious variant "Lye-nix"?

I think this is right...

  • Lɪnɪx, NOT Lɚnɪx.

...or perhaps...

  • Lɪnʌx, NOT Lɚnʌx*

Can someone confirm the correct phonetics? (Listen to Linus on the matter).

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Linus Torvalds take on the matter.

Edit: Links seems to be down. Here is the almost complete content:

"Hello this is Linus Torvalds and I pronounce Linux as Linux."

(alternative Source)

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Thankyou! We're onto a good start. –  Xerxes May 29 '09 at 10:16

Crikey! Do you all say "..ix"? I've always pronounced the "u" as a "u"...

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I give you +1 for just admitting that you've mispronounced it, and now you know =D. –  Xerxes May 29 '09 at 10:24
    
I dunno - Linus Torvalds sounds like he says it my way - though maybe that's because of how I interpret a Finnish accent through British ears... –  teedyay May 29 '09 at 10:27
    
My bad teedyay - I completely misread your post - you were referring to the ending "...ix", I was talking about the starting "li..." =) In which case - I think your pronunciation must have been perfectly fine. –  Xerxes May 29 '09 at 10:34
    
I guess the people who say -ix, also pronounce Linus as line-is, right? :) –  Micke May 29 '09 at 10:39
    
liNIX, as in uNIX. Sheesh –  Dave Cheney May 29 '09 at 12:46

There is a you-tube video where Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux, explains how the word should be pronounced. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IfHm6R5le0

some more referrance: http://safalra.com/science/linguistics/linux-pronunciation/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux

gives you audio files.

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As for i know I used to pronounce LINUX. L I N U X.. :-)

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I always say unix - but that doesn't endear me to the devs...

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Linux is not unix :-P –  vartec May 29 '09 at 10:48
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ohhh i know.... still its funny to me... –  Preet Sangha May 29 '09 at 10:52

AFAIK, you should pronounce it "lee-nooks"

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lol thats very funny... –  Preet Sangha May 29 '09 at 10:58
    
That is, phonetically, how they say it in Finnish. And since Linus is from Finland, well, there you have it. –  Jonathan J Jan 4 '12 at 5:49

in Italy: "leenooks" (in phonetic symbols: l'inucs)

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Lye nucks

I know people who say lih nucks, but its just sounds wrong to me

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+1 me too. I started pronouncing it this way and it was burned into my brain before I learned that it was "wrong". If saying lye-nucks is wrong, I don't want to be right! –  Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 May 29 '09 at 12:53
    
Just remember, folks LINE-X is a brand of Pickup truck bed liners, not operating systems ;-) –  Barton Chittenden Jan 4 '12 at 6:01

2 out of 10 people will pronounce common everyday words differently - what makes you think and hope there will ever be a consencus on how to p-ronounce "Linux" ?

Apart from that ... like Linus with an x. (I don't think I can post audio with these answers :)

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I would say "Li-nix".

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Linux pron:Lyn-ux

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I normally go with "ooboon2"

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That's GNU Linux to you. Just ask Richard M. Stallman.

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