Larry Ewing

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Larry Ewing
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Larry Ewing at LinuxTag 2007 in Berlin
OccupationImage designer
Spouse(s)Kristy Anderson
ChildrenEva Ewing, Hazel Ewing

Larry Ewing is an American computer programmer who is known as the creator of the Linux mascot, Tux. The artwork was created in 1996,[1][2][3] while Ewing was a student at Texas A&M University, originally as a submission to a contest to create the Linux logo. Though Ewing's submission didn't win, his artwork was adopted as the Linux "brand character".[4][5] Ewing also created the Ximian and Mono monkey logos and is involved in:

  • F-Spot: a project aiming to "manage all your digital photography needs."
  • GtkHTML: a fast and dirty HTML renderer and editor used in several free software projects.
  • Novell Evolution: a mailer, a calendar and a contact manager, all in one.
  • GIMP: an image manipulation program.
  • Moonlight: an open source implementation of Silverlight for Unix systems.
  • Mimekit: A C# MIME creation and parser library with support for S/MIME, PGP, TNEF and Unix mbox spools.
  • .NET Foundation: an independent organization, incorporated to improve open-source software development and collaboration around the .NET Framework.

He lives in Austin with his wife Kristy and his daughters Eva and Hazel.


  1. ^ Larry Ewing. "Notes on creation". Retrieved 31 July 2007.
  2. ^ Bunks, Carey (2000). Grokking the GIMP. New Riders. ISBN 0-7357-0924-6.
  3. ^ Larry Ewing. "Linux 2.0 Penguins". Retrieved 25 June 2006.
  4. ^ Re: Linux logo. (2 May 1996). Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  5. ^ The History of Tux the Linux Penguin. Retrieved 4 July 2013.

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