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Tux the Linux Penguin

Tux is the official Linux logo — a satiated, happy, chubby penguin. The idea of the Linux mascot being a penguin came from Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel.

It is sometimes (but probably apocryphally) reported that the name was derived from Torvalds UniX, as opposed to the explanation that penguins look vaguely like they are wearing a tuxedo. This may have been why a penguin was chosen, though.

Tux was designed during a contest to determine the best Linux logo. Pictures of some of the other logo contestants can be found at The Linux Logo Competition site (http://www.cs.earlham.edu/~jeremiah/linux-pix/linux-logo). The original design for Tux was done by Larry Ewing[?] in 1996 using The GIMP, a free software art package, and he has released it under the following terms and conditions:

Permission to use and/or modify this image is granted provided you acknowledge me lewing@isc.tamu.edu and The GIMP if someone asks. [1] (http://www.isc.tamu.edu/~lewing/linux/)

According to Jeff Ayers[?], Linus Torvalds had a "fixation for flightless, fat waterfowl," and Torvalds claims to have contracted penguinitis[?] after being gently nibbled upon by a penguin. "Penguinitis makes you stay awake at nights just thinking about penguins and feeling great love towards them." Torvalds' supposed illness is of course a joke, but he really was bitten by a little penguin on a visit to Canberra[2] (http://www.linux.org.au/org/penguin.phtml).

Tux has become an icon for the Linux and Open Source community, with one British Linux user group adopting several at Bristol Zoo.

Tux is the star of a Linux game called Tux Racer, in which the user guides Tux down a variety of different icy hills on his belly, trying to catch herring and beat the time limit.

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