[svlug] Re: Paleontological Musings On Tux

Rafael Skodlar 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
> once
> >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
> computer
> >console.
>     The mystery has apparently been solved.
>     Had a short exchange with Steve Baker,
>     keeper of the Complete History Of Tux
>     http://www.sjbaker.org/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
> airplanes
>     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
>     penguin. 
>     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
> they
>     called these contraptions?


>     IBM


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