Ari Lemmke

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Ari Lemmke (born December 12, 1963 in Finland) is the widely acknowledged person who gave the Linux kernel its name.

Linus Torvalds, the creator of what was to become Linux, had initially planned to have the project named Freax (a combination of 'free', 'freak', and the letter X to indicate a Unix-like system). Ari encouraged him to upload it to a network so it could be easily downloaded. Ari, however, not happy with the Freax name, gave Linus a directory called linux on FUNET's FTP server ( in September 1991.[1]

In April 1992, the newsgroup comp.os.linux was proposed and started by Ari Lemmke,[2] replacing alt.os.linux that was started in January 1992.

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  1. ^ Ragib Hasan (2005-10-18). "History of Linux version 2.2.0". Retrieved 2007-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Linux Timeline". Linux Journal. 2002-08-01. Archived from the original on 24 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-01. 

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