[ lin-uh ks or, esp. British, lin-oo ks ]
/ ˈlɪn əks or, esp. British, ˈlɪn ʊks /

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

  • OS X is needed to run Final Cut Pro, a state-of-the-art video editing software, and Linux is used to hack into wireless networks.

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

    Makers|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

/ (ˈlaɪnʌks) /


a nonproprietary computer operating system suitable for use on personal computers
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