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In many books we can see the term "*nix" used. How is this term pronounced?

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I guess I've always pronounced it "star-nix" in my head –  Travis Christian Aug 15 '11 at 15:09
I pronounce it as 'Ljunix'. –  Job Aug 15 '11 at 15:10
I say "asterisk nix", and then I challenge the other person to say it 5 times fast. –  BlackJack Aug 15 '11 at 16:03
Behold the Knights who say Nix. –  zenzelezz Aug 15 '11 at 17:07
I always liked nixen as in the property of being like unix. –  Mark Booth Aug 16 '11 at 12:20

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I pronounce it "nix", like the last syllable of "Unix" and "Linux" or the word "nix". That makes the most sense to me, since *nix is generally used to refer to Unix, Linux, and Unix-like operating systems. Might as well pronounce it the same way.

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Why don't you pronounce it "nux"? ;) –  Marcelo Aug 15 '11 at 15:12
@Marcelo Because the last syllable of Linux is pronounced the same as the last syllable of Unix - "nix". –  Thomas Owens Aug 15 '11 at 15:13
In the case of Linux, I actually pronounce more like "nox". –  Marcelo Aug 15 '11 at 15:16
@Marcelo Maybe it's the regional accents of where I've lived, but I've only heard it prounounced "nix". –  Thomas Owens Aug 15 '11 at 15:17
I'm not Linus Torvalds, but this is how he pronounces Linux. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Linus-pronounces-linux.ogg –  user4051 Aug 15 '11 at 15:45

I don't think it's really meant to be pronounced. Back when people could be bothered to write, we'd see something along the lines of "variants of UNIX" or "UNIX variants". I still use that when I write or talk. If you're talking to me and say "nix", I may ask you what sports have to do with the discussion. :)

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I would pronounce it as "any Unix or Unix-like variant". It's one of those things that really isn't meant to be spoken out loud.

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If I has using it in conversation or reading it out loud, I'd probably say "The nixes", meaning the different *nix variants.

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+1 for sarcastic irony! –  Alger Aug 15 '11 at 21:27

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