Here are the three most common answers given to the question ‘how do you pronounce Linux?’:
- /ˈlɪːnɤks/ (‘leenooks’)
- This is Linus Torvalds’ original pronunciation, based on the pronunciation of his name in Swedish. It’s rarely used by those who speak English as a first language, as it doesn’t seem very ‘natural’ to them. There are audio files (in various formats) of Linus Torvalds saying ‘Linux’ at Paul Sladen’s website.
- /ˈlɪnʌks/ (‘linnuks’)
- This is now Linus Torvalds’ preferred pronunciation, as he considers /ɪ/ closer to the original /ɪː/ than /aɪ/. It also follows the pronunciation of the English word ‘linen’. There is an audio file (in wav format) pronouncing ‘Linux’ this way.
- /ˈlaɪnʌks/ (‘lynuks’)
- The other major alternative is based on the pronunciation of the English version of ‘Linus’. There is an audio file (in wav format) saying ‘Linux’
- From safalra.com