Tux (mascot) is the official brand and penguin character of the Linux kernel. It was originally made as an entry to a competition for the Linux logo. Tux is one of the most widely used characters for Linux. However, several Linux distributions represent Tux in many ways. The character is also used in various other programs of Linux and as a basic Linux symbol.
History of Tux
The idea of the brand character of Linux being a penguin arose from Linus Torvalds, who was the founder of Linux. Torvalds claims to include contracted "penguinitis", later being bitten by a penguin on the National Zoo & Aquarium, Canberra, Australia visit.
The original and final layout was a submission of a contest for the Linux logo by Larry Ewing, with the initial publicly published GIMP version (0.54), a graphics package of free software. Since Tux gained none of the three events that were believed, Tux is formally called the Linux brand character, not the Linux logo.
A Tasmanian devil, Tuz, wearing a false penguin nozzle, was the brand character of the linux.conf.au conference in 2009. It has been selected by Linus Torvalds as a logo for the 2.6.29 version of the Linux kernel for supporting the effort to protect the Tasmanian devil breeds from extinction because of the devil facial tumour disease.
The picture was made by Andrew McGown and remade as an SVG with Inkscape by Josh Bush and published under the license of CC BY-SA.
Linux for 2013 Workgroups
For the release of Linux 3.11-rc1, Linus Torvalds modified the code name to "Linux for Workgroups" from "Unicycling Gorilla" and changed the logo that a few systems show during boot to represent a Tux having a flag along with a symbol that the same as the Windows for Workgroups 3.11 logo, which was published in 1993.
Usage and Reception
In a few Linux distributions, such as Gentoo, Tux attends users during multi-processor system's booting showing multiple Tux images, one for every processor core.
Tux in video games
In the Linux community, Tux has a role that is the same as that which Mario has in the Nintendo community. This character has been displayed in open-source look-alikes of many mainstream games, including Tux Paint, SuperTuxKart, SuperTux, Extreme Tux Racer, and Tux Racer.
Female versions of Tux in video games
Also, a few games that star Tux explicitly include female penguin characters, permitting the players to enjoy as one of these characters rather than Tux. This type of female penguin is the friend "Gown" of Tux. Gown is differently represented as being a Tux pink version or having a little less fat presence and wearing clothing items like a hair bow and a white and red short skirt.
There is another female penguin known as "Penny" who is white and purple in SuperTuxKart and SuperTux. In the Tux 2 arcade game, a female penguin is known as "Trixi", and the name of the female leader for an Antarctican civilization in FreeCiv is "Tuxette".
Tux in famous culture