[ lin-uhksor, especially British, lin-ooks ]

Computers, Trademark.
  1. an operating system, based on UNIX, that runs on many different hardware platforms and whose source code is available to the public.


/ ˈlaɪnʌks /


  1. a nonproprietary computer operating system suitable for use on personal computers

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Linux1

First recorded in 1990–95; named after Linu(s) Benedict Torvalds (born 1969), Finnish software engineer + x as in UNIX ( def )

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Example Sentences

The severity of the vulnerability, combined with the availability of working exploits for both Windows and Linux machines, sent hackers scrambling to actively find vulnerable servers.

Red Hat's December announcement of CentOS Stream—which it initially billed as a "replacement" for CentOS Linux—left many users confused about its role in the updated Red Hat ecosystem.

Telegram is free for iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Linux, and on the web.

RedHat, which is perhaps best known for its enterprise Linux products has been making the shift to the cloud in recent years.

Google’s Gentoo Linux-based operating system, known as Chrome OS, is updated automatically every 2 to 6 weeks, offering a constantly improved user experience.

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.

With Google now building a Linux-based netbook OS of its own, those last barriers to entry will be removed.

In Phase Two, even a chimp could make dough by throwing darts at companies such as WorldCom, JDS Uniphase, VA Linux, and eToys.

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

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