Penguins, Lizards and Apple's X Factor: How Famous OS Logos Got Started

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Who doesn't love Tux the Penguin? The official mascot of the Linux kernel was originally a submission to a Linux logo contest. It didn't win, but Linux creator Linus Torvalds liked it enough to have one of his designers create what became Tux in 1996. It's assumed that Tux is short for tuxedo, but some say it stands for (T)orvalds (U)ni(X).

Also, Torvalds was once allegedly bitten by a penguin at a zoo and thereafter became obsessed with the waddling snowbirds.

The logo most likely to: also be accused of being the mascot of a Pittsburgh hockey team.

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