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Origin of Tux the Penguin Logo?

Hello, new bee here. I was wondering if anyone knows why a penguin was chosen as the Linux logo? I like Tux and think he's cool, but from a marketing standpoint, isn't a "flightless" bird kind of like a car company namning a new model "Impact"?

Maybe Linux Marketing can use a sloglan like,

"If your old OS doesn't fly and just sux,

switch to Linux and leave the flying to Tux."

Thank you. I'm here all week.


  • mpalmerukmpalmeruk Posts: 26

    it was something to do with Linus saying he liked penguins, I think he wrote about it in his book "Just for fun" as well.

    this wiki article has the original post/debate:


    hope that helps


  • flite2marsflite2mars Posts: 2
    Ah-so! Thank you, I read the link, very interesting! And yeah, he kind of does look like he just had a very good time with a female penguin, and a smoke and a nap too!

    Thanks again!
  • marcmarc Posts: 647
    Nice readings, thanks for the links guys!

  • Goineasy9Goineasy9 Posts: 1,116
    Look at the 20th Anniversary story of Linux video on the front page it explains everything. Heh.
  • marcmarc Posts: 647
    Goineasy9 wrote:
    Look at the 20th Anniversary story of Linux video on the front page it explains everything. Heh.

    Well, now that we are at it...


    Is the first page I've ever visited that fails to detect my flash player installation. Let's see if I can workaround it and get the video...

    God, I hate this closed source binary apps grrrrrrrr

  • Goineasy9Goineasy9 Posts: 1,116
    There has to be something wrong with that link, I'm getting the missing plugin also.

    This is the link it leads to:
  • marcmarc Posts: 647
    The video made me think of the old IBM comercial about linux. It was fantastic:

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