Tux: A brief history of the Linux mascot

Ever wonder where Tux the penguin came from? Jack Wallen offers up a bit of a history lesson.

Illustration: Lisa Hornung/TechRepublic

Way back in 2008, I had my arm inked with the Linux mascot. Of course, when I look back at the photos of that event, my first thought is, “I’m so young!” That was 13 years ago and (fortunately) Father Time has been fairly kind to me.

Getting that tattoo was important to me because it served as a permanent reminder as to how Linux profoundly changed my life (read: My life with Linux: A retrospective). It’s also been a way for other Linux fans to pick me out of a crowd. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been in public to hear someone called out, “Tux!”

That’s right, the penguin has a name, and it’s Tux. 

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