Definition of Linux in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlinəks/


Computing , trademark
An open-source operating system modelled on UNIX.
Example sentences
  • The unit and its hard drive can be accessed by any Windows, Mac, Linux or Unix client.
  • In addition, Unix, Linux and Windows boxes can all be controlled via the same console.
  • Customers finally have an incentive to actually test Linux and open source software.


1990s: from the name of Linus Benedict Torvalds (born 1969), a Finnish software engineer who wrote the first version of the system, + -x, as in Unix.

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Syllabification: Lin·ux

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