Linux Logo

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The recognizable Linux logo that accompanies the entire family of operating systems is represented by a colored talisman that reflects the developer’s passion. The comical rendering of the Linux logo symbolizes the friendliness of the system, its availability, and ease of setup.

Linux: Brand overview

Founded: September 17, 1991
Founder: Linus Torvalds
Headquarters:
U.S.
Website: kernel.org
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Linux is an operating system that belongs to Unix-like computer platforms based on the kernel of the same name. It is a development of Linus Torvalds, which was launched by his team in 1991.

Meaning and History

Linux Logo History

What is Linux?

It is a family of operating systems that appeared in 1991 based on the Linux kernel. They are used for personal computers, mobile devices, servers, and specialized computers.

The official mascot of the OS and the company working on it is a stylized penguin named Tux. Moreover, the logo with it does not exist in one, but in several versions, each used depending on the situation. All of them have a penguin in different designs.

Even though the operating system appeared in 1991, they talk about creating a unique logo that began five years later. All proposals, of which there was an incredible number, were thoroughly discussed. Some of them echoed with other brand names or parodically repeated IT symbols.

The choice continued until Linus Torvalds, the developer of a key component of the Linux system, did not mention that he liked penguins in a conversation with someone. He also added that while in Australia, one even bit him. It was then that the vector of the logo search became clear.

Larry Ewing created the debut version of the emblem in 1996. Paradoxically, none of its versions had passed the competitive selection before that time, and there were three of them. However, as a result, it was this work that became the company’s mascot.

1996 – today

Linux Logo 1996-present

The logo features a penguin on a white background. It is made in a strict style. The bird sits with its legs outstretched forward and looks at something with concentration. The beak is similar to the real one, while later it will be depicted as a triangle. There is a good-natured expression on the animal’s face, which emphasizes the operating system’s friendliness. This option is still relevant.

2005 – 2008

Linux Logo 2005-2008

In 2005, an attempt was made to replace the talisman with a clumsy and funny one, made in a parody form. It existed in this form for three years. The emblem depicts a fat penguin with strangely drawn eyes as if he does not understand something. This is evidenced by the wings spread in different directions as if the bird shrugged its shoulders in bewilderment.

2008 – today

Linux Logo 2008-present

In parallel with the debut logo, a modern version is in progress, where the penguin looks awkward and puzzled: he stands with spread wings and bulging eyes. The designer used a cartoon style for drawing, so the bird has two yellow ovals instead of paws.

Font and Color of the Emblem

Linux Emblem

The key element of the corporate logo is the penguin. He is turned in full face and, depending on the version, is drawn sitting or standing. The bird’s eyes are large – sometimes joyful, sometimes surprised, and sometimes perplexed. In one version, there is also a semblance of a smile.

There are several known transcripts of the mascot’s name, which became the main element of the emblem. James Hughes, who proposed the nickname Tux, said that it comes from the fusion of several stems and is an abbreviation: (T) orvalds (U) ni (X). Users assume that this is a shortened version of the word “tuxedo” because the penguins look like they are walking in tuxedos and tailcoats.

Linux Symbol

The wordmark is not a basic part of the emblem: it can only consist of a penguin and not contain any inscriptions. But when used, it is done in a custom serif font. The first letter is in upper case; all the others are in lower case. The classic logo palette is a combination of warm yellow, white, and black. They stand for happiness, intelligence, and enthusiasm.

Linux color codes

Gainsboro Hex color: #dcdcdc
RGB: 220 220 220
CMYK: 0 0 0 14
Pantone: PMS Cool Gray 1 C
Dim Gray Hex color: #696969
RGB: 105 105 105
CMYK: 0 0 0 59
Pantone: PMS 424 C
Black Hex color: #000000
RGB: 0 0 0
CMYK: 0 0 0 100
Pantone: PMS Process Black C
Sandstorm Hex color: #e9d750
RGB: 233 215 80
CMYK: 0 8 66 9
Pantone: PMS 7404 C
Goldenrod Hex color: #d2a403
RGB: 210 164 3
CMYK: 0 22 99 18
Pantone: PMS 124 C

The Linux logo does not contain inscriptions. It contains only the main symbol of the operating system – the penguin. He is depicted in a 3D cartoon style. Moreover, the artists gave him disproportionate eyes.

What is Linux used for?

This operating system is often used for web servers, switches, routers, car infotainment platforms, home appliances, phones, and more.

Why does Linus have a penguin?

The operating system developer, Linus Benedict Torvalds, suggested using a penguin as a Linux symbol. He explained this because a small penguin bit him at the zoo, and since then, he has been sick with “penguinitis.”

What is a Linux mascot?

A penguin named Tux is the only Linux mascot.