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I've just installed kernel-3.11.0-1.fc20 for my Fedora 19 installation. During the rebooting progress, I saw the Linux logo with a Windows flag in it, what does it mean? a Windows flag in Linux logo of Linux kernel 3.11

The Fedora 19 is installed in an ASUS TX300CA notebook, secure boot is off, CSM (BIOS Compatibility Support Module) mode is on.

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A couple of years ago, Linus Torvalds was discussing Linux version numbers and said, "I think I will call it 3.11 Linux for Workgroups."

It turns out he wasn't joking. With a release candidate of Linux 3.11 now available, Torvalds has actually named the new version of the kernel "Linux for Workgroups." He even gave it a Windows-themed boot icon featuring Linux's mascot penguin, Tux, holding a flag emblazoned with an old Windows logo. The name "Linux for Workgroups" follows such whimsical past Linux version names as "Pink Farting Weasel," "Killer Bat of Doom," "Erotic Pickled Herring," and "Jeff Thinks I Should Change This, But To What?"

From the news: 20 years after Windows 3.11, Linus unveils “Linux for Workgroups”

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Hilarious. Thanks for this! – slm Sep 3 '13 at 19:30
This did finally give an explanation for why he was so insistent that it was time to update the kernel version number to 3.x despite there not being any major changes of the sort that would normally justify incrementing the major version number. – Dan Neely Sep 3 '13 at 21:12
Why isnt this logo use copyright infrigment and liable to 1 billion lawsuit? – TROLLKILLER Sep 3 '13 at 21:45
@Fuqtard : maybe because parody is exempt from copyright law? – vsz Sep 4 '13 at 5:07
@DanNeely so possibly in 2021 there will be Kernel 5.1 named Linux XP? – Alvin Wong Sep 4 '13 at 5:33

It is because of the project name, "Linux for Workgroups", it is a reference for windows 3.11 for workgroups. Ive found it quite interesting, I also found a reference here.

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so, will this logo appears in whole 3.11 line, or just in the 3.11.0 version? – LiuYan 刘研 Sep 3 '13 at 19:45
well, Linus Torvalds had reverted the logo to previous version. git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/commit/… – LiuYan 刘研 Sep 12 '13 at 14:45
@LiuYan刘研 Oh, I'm really disappointed by this. Also he has changed the name to Suicidal Squirrel instead of the cool Linux for Workgroups – Carlos Campderrós Sep 13 '13 at 7:31

It's a joke by Linus. This page: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/161426-linux-3-11-named-linux-for-workgroups-in-odd-homage-to-its-archenemy-windows gives more detail.

Ever the prankster, Linus Torvalds has paid homage to Windows 3.11 by naming Linux 3.11 “Linux for Workgroups.” Tux, Linux’s penguin mascot that appears during boot-up, is now holding a Windows flag (pictured above). This might seem a little odd, given Linux’s reputation as the Windows antithesis, but Linux for Workgroups is actually one of Linux’s saner names. Over the years, the Linux kernel has been lumbered with some amazingly undignified designations, such as Unicycling Gorilla, Erotic Pickled Herring, and Holy Dancing Manatees, Batman!

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very funny,thanks for the link – LiuYan 刘研 Sep 3 '13 at 19:43

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