[svlug] Re: Paleontological Musings On Tux
raffi at linwin.com
Tue Jul 22 14:10:50 PDT 2003
On Tue, Jul 22, 2003 at 07:58:02AM -0700, Ian MacLure wrote:
> >Was unpacking from my recent move back to SV and I
> >came across an old piece of technological ephemera.
> >To whit a UNIX pocket guide issued by Link Advanced
> >Products Division, an entity once housed in what is
> >now the Fry's in Sunnyvale and for whose parent I
> >toiled in upstate NY. Not sure where I got the thing.
> >The booklet is dated Aug 1983 and on the front cover
> >is a small cartoon of a penguin in front of a
> The mystery has apparently been solved.
> Had a short exchange with Steve Baker,
> keeper of the Complete History Of Tux
> who is, coincidentally, also a Link alumnus.
> He explains that Link Flight Simulation used
> the Penguin as a mascot for their tech pubs
> department on the principle that being as Link
> were in the business of making flightless
> ie: simulators, it was entirely appropriate to
> have a flightless bird as a mascot.
It's unfair to call penguins "flightless bird". Peguins are very good
"flying" in high density ether or their speed is high.
> In that period of the 70's and 80's most if not
> all tech pubs were therefore decorated with a
> Gets even more interesting as there is another
> aviation connection for the term penguin.
> In the early days of WWI, those folks in that
> country bordered by Belgium, Germany, Switzerland,
> Italy and Spain used to train incipient pilots on
> airframes from which the wings had been removed to
> prevent inadvertent flight. Care to guess what
> called these contraptions?
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