CRN: Torvalds Takes Operating System From University Roots To Mainstream

“Torvalds: The reason for the penguin is there was pressure to
have a logo. I’ve always liked penguins. I was in Australia a few
years ago and was bitten by a fairy penguin. They’re shy, so I was
very happy to be bitten by one. I just find them very sympathetic
creatures. This fat penguin who just sits there, very contented
with itself. You can see it ate 2 pounds of herring and couldn’t
eat another thing.”