Should it be 'star nix' or 'nix' or 'unix-like' or something totally different?
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Here is my recollection as a UNIX greybeard. Back in the mid-80s, the vernacular referred to SysV, BSD, and even things like Mach and the nascent GNU Hurd as "UNIX", "Unix", "Unixes" or occasionally "Unices". But then somebody started siccing l*wyers on people for "infringing their trademark." So a convention arose to write these as "*nix" or "un*x" instead. Nobody ever spoke these terms aloud, anymore than they would have pronounced OMG, FWIW. (And if anyone ever did, they were being silly, oh em gee.)
Therefore, the way these are pronounced is simply UNIX. The * is silent, just as the l****rs should have been. catb's suggestion that there is any association with orthodox Judaism is simply laughable. It was trademark bull****, nothing more.
I've always said and heard others say "star-nix". I'm not the only one, and XKCD had poll on this.
=================================== | Pronounciation | Reponses | % | ----------------------------------- | nix | 26 | 54% | | Unix | 9 | 19% | | starnix | 6 | 13% | | foonix | 2 | 4% | ===================================