[lin-uh ks or, esp. British, lin-oo ks]

Computers, Trademark.

an operating system, based on UNIX, that runs on many different hardware platforms and whose source code is available to the public. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for linux

Contemporary Examples of linux

Historical Examples of linux

  • Now, have a look—this is a Linux computer with some of the most advanced robotics ever engineered.


    Cory Doctorow

  • The high school kids who broke it were Brazilian Linux hackers who lived in a favela -- a kind of squatter's slum.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for linux



a nonproprietary computer operating system suitable for use on personal computers
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Word Origin and History for linux


computer operating system, named for Linux kernel, written 1991 by Linus Torvalds of Finland (who coined the word but did not choose it as the name).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper