What does the Windows flag in the Linux logo of kernel 3.11 mean?

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.

Asked By: LiuYan 刘研


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,

Answered By: Joel Taylor

It is because of the project name, “Linux for Workgroups”, it is a reference for Windows 3.11 for Workgroups. I’ve found it quite interesting; I also found a reference here.

Answered By: vfbsilva

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”

Answered By: Achu
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