Linux pronunciation guide is wrong.

Bug #68424 reported by Dave Brady on 2006-10-26
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Documentation Project Team

Bug Description

Binary package hint: yelp


In the About Ubuntu help section, if you click on "What is Linux?", you get a page that has a pronunciation guide for "linux". Quoth the article:

The Linux kernel, pronounced 'lee-nucks' is the...

This is just hideously wrong. I've heard one person in my entire life pronounce Linux in this way, and it sounded ridiculous. Here's a video of Linux Torvalds, telling you how to pronounce it.


Click System->About Ubuntu
Click What is Linux? on the left.

Daniel Holbach (dholbach) wrote :

Thaks for your bug report. How would you spell it's pronounciation without resorting to something like ['li:nuks]?

Changed in yelp:
assignee: nobody → ubuntu-doc
importance: Undecided → Low
status: Unconfirmed → Needs Info
Dave Brady (matter-grey) wrote :

I might be inclined to spell it like this:

[ˈlɪnʌks] ('linnuks')

Sitsofe Wheeler (sitsofe) wrote :

Or perhaps lynnucks?

Changed in ubuntu-docs:
status: Needs Info → Confirmed
Duncan Lithgow (duncan-lithgow) wrote :

linux ('i' as in link)

towsonu2003 (towsonu2003) wrote :

patch, 'linnucks'. shoudl fix this?

Matthew East (mdke) wrote :

Committed your patch, thanks for the contribution!

Changed in ubuntu-docs:
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
Duncan Lithgow (duncan-lithgow) wrote :

In some countries 'linnucks' can still be mispronounced as 'leenucks'. Playing with the speeling is seldom helpful for people with english as a second language. much better is a reference to another word which has a widely accepted pronunciation. For example 'link', I've never heard it called a 'leenk'!

Matthew East (mdke) on 2007-01-09
Changed in ubuntu-docs:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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