Today i found an interesting article for linux like people… talking about TUX (the linux mascot). How many of you knows that name came from (T)orvalds (U)ni(X) ? Hehe.
This article will make a little light about the beginning and evolution of linux mascot/logo and also… the Linus Torvalds e-mail related to that contest of choosing linux logo.
here’s some quotes from that article:

Penguin as logo/mascot for Linux was discussed first in early 1996 by several people in the linux-kernel mailing list. The idea of such mascot came from Alan Cox first. Among many other suggestions made by different people there were parodies of other operating system logos, sharks or even eagles. You can find them here. Some of them:

Read full article HERE

Here is this Linus’ email:

Re: Linux Logo prototype
Linus Torvalds (
Thu, 9 May 1996 17:48:56 +0300 (EET DST)

Somebody had a logo competition announcement, maybe people can send their ideas to a web-site..

Anyway, this one looks like the poor penguin is not really strong enough to hold up the world, and it’s going to get squashed. Not a good, positive logo, in that respect..

Now, when you think about penguins, first take a deep calming breath, and then think “cuddly”. Take another breath, and think “cute”. Go back to “cuddly” for a while (and go on breathing), then think “contented”.

With me so far? Good..

The first person called the penguin “Tux” was James Hughes who said that it stood for “(T)orvalds (U)ni(X)”. Tux was designed for a Linux logo contest. Confusingly, there were actually three separate contests and Tux didn’t win any of them. This is why Tux is formally known as the Linux mascot and not the logo. Tux was created by Larry Ewing using the first publicly released version (0.54) of GIMP. It was released by him under the following condition:

Permission to use and/or modify this image is granted provided you acknowledge me and The GIMP if someone asks.

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