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|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Friday, January 24, 2003, 15:03|
Daniel Andreasson Vpc-Work scripsit:
> Okay, I couldn't resist this, but is it really just a coincidence
> that his name is Li-nus and the name of his OS is Li-nux!? ;)
No, of course not. He didn't choose the name, though; he wanted to call
it Freax ("free" + "freak" + "Unix"), but the administrator of the FTP
site where Linux was first released from thought "Linux" a better name.
Most Americans, at least, make the latter ['lInUks] although ['linUks]
is certainly acceptable. People who say ['lainVks] are beyond the pale.
Linus being, of course, a Finland-Swede says ['lInUks]. Here he is
saying "Hello, this is Linux Torvalds and I pronounce Linux 'Linux'"
in English (http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/linus/swedish.au) and Swedish
(http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/linus/swedish.au). The second time he says
"Linux" in the Swedish version it sounds more like ['LInYks] to me.
Or maybe the [I]s are really short [i]s, but they sure sound lax to me.
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