Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

Two non technical Linux Questions

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by mfackler, Jun 11, 2005.

  1. I have two non technical Linux questions. Actually they are pronunciation questions. First off how do you pronounce “Debian?” Is it “Deb (as in the name) in” or is it “de ban?” The chances of me hearing anyone say this word in normal everyday speech are not very likely.

    Secondly, and right along that line, I know a major difference in a “Linux” distribution VS as BSD distribution has to do with start up and the concept of “run levels.” Linux has run levels it inherited from “system V.” Is that pronounced System “vee” as in the letter “V” or is that system “five” as the Roman numeral “V?”

    It’s not really a matter of life or death but I have been wondering these things and didn’t know how else to find out. Google is NOT your friend when it comes to pronouncing words.

    Thanks in advance

  2. HerrGlock

    HerrGlock Scouts Out CLM

    Dec 28, 2000
    System five.

    As to how to pronounce any word, it depends on how you talk. the command 'sed' is almost a two syllable word for me. I was raised in the hills of Tennessee.


  3. David_G17

    David_G17 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

    Oct 7, 2002
    "they could teach a whole semester course on pronouncing UNIX terms and what they stand for." - a Computer Science teacher I had.
  4. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

    Mar 28, 2001
    SW Oregon
  5. The Debian project was started in August 1993 by Ian Murdock, a college student. The project's name represents a combination of "deb" (from Debra, Ian Murdock's wife) and "ian" (Murdock's first name) and should be pronounced as "deb ee n"
  6. stooxie

    stooxie NRA Life Member

    Apr 10, 2005
    Northern Virginia
    And just for fun, I have a sound clip of Linus Torvalds saying "My name is Linus Torvalds and I pronounce it linux", where he says LIH nix, soft I.

  7. HerrGlock

    HerrGlock Scouts Out CLM

    Dec 28, 2000
    He also pronounces his name LEEnus. ;e

  9. I guess Peanuts wasn't in English in Finland,then he would know how to say it correctly.

    <operating system> /deb'ee`n/, *not* /deeb'ee`n/ The
    non-profit volunteer organisation responsible for Debian
    GNU/Linux and Debian GNU/Hurd. Debian's Linux
    distribution is dedicated to free and open source software;
    the main goal of the distribution is to ensure that one can
    download and install a fully-functional operating system
    that is completely adherent to the Debian Free Software
    Guidelines (DFSG).

    Debian was begun in August 1993 by Ian Murdock, and was
    sponsored by the Free Software Foundation from November 1994
    to November 1995. The name Debian is a contraction of DEB(ra)
    and IAN Murdock.

    Debian's packaging system (dpkg) is similar to other popular
    packaging systems like RPM. There are over 2200 packages of
    precompiled software available in the main (free) section of
    the Debian 2.1 distribution alone -- this is what sets Debian
    apart from many other Linux distributions. The high quality
    and huge number of official packages (most Debian systems'
    /usr/local/ remains empty -- almost everything most Linux
    users want is officially packaged) are what draw many people
    to use Debian.

    Another unique aspect to the Debian project is the open
    development; pre-releases are made available from Day 1 and if
    anyone wishes to become a Debian developer, all that is needed
    is proof of identification and a signed PGP or GPG key.
    There are over 400 Debian developers all around the world --
    many developers have never met face-to-face, and most
    development talks take place on the many mailing lists and
    the IRC network.