Just came across a cool site detailing the history of Tux (The Linux penguin).
Why a penguin ?
How was it created ?
And every other question is answered.
It’s quite funny and cool.
Here’s a funny part that Linus wrote describing the penguin he wants for a logo:
… So when you think “penguin”, you should be imagining a slighly overweight penguin (*), sitting down after having gorged itself, and having just burped. It’s sitting there with a beatific smile – the world is a good place to be when you have just eaten a few gallons of raw fish and you can feel another “burp” coming.
Check out the complete history of Tux.