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Tech Mascots: Tails, Fails and Hails

By Mark Milian - 2012-06-06T21:09:36Z

Photograph by Paul Sakuma/AP Photo

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Linux penguin

<p>Linux, the underlying framework of many computing operating systems, is not exactly a mass-market product. But its former mascot, a penguin sitting lazily, managed to win fans. Stuffed animals and dog chew toys were modeled after the Linux penguin.</p> <p>Linus Torvalds, the reclusive creator of Linux, laid out the technical specifications for the penguin, named Tux, in an <a href="">Internet bulletin-board posting</a> in 1996: It should be cute, cuddly, contented and have attitude, he wrote.</p>