December 17, 2003

Enough about Linus, what's the story with the penguin?

The Linux albatross just wouldn't sell. And the Linux platypus, well, who'd buy anything from him? Ah, but the Linux penguin, there's a bird that
could really drive an industry.

"The little guy hasn't been very active in coding the actual kernel, but he sure as hell has made for a very recognizable mascot," says Linux creator
Linus Torvalds. "There are people out there who have no interest in computers and wouldn't know what Linux is, but they will recognize Tux as 'that
computer thing.'"

Tux, the Linux mascot "That computer thing" is everywhere. From ashtrays and earrings to coffee mugs and baseball caps, Tux, as the penguin is known,
has gained a kind of cult following. The portly bird is the main character in a video game available at Seven-foot incarnations mingle
with show-goers at tech industry conferences. Plush stuffed Tuxes are available on the Web. And IBM plastered larger than life images of Tux on the
sides of buildings in New York during its Peace, Love, Linux campaign in 2001.



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