GitHub stores Linux and thousands of other open source projects in the Arctic

Svalbard

GitHub has put the source code of Linux, Android and 6000 other open source projects important to humanity. The chosen location is a cave in the Arctic that would survive even in the event of a world apocalypse. This was confirmed by Nat Friedman, the CEO of GitHub. The code repository that is now owned by Microsoft has been investigating the Svalbard archipelago area, north of the Nordic countries.

The Norwegian territory is ideal for store these thousands of source codes in a cave to be preserved for posterity, even in case something serious happens on earth. Several projects that would hold up in the event of an apocalypse have been unveiled lately, and it's somewhat disconcerting as well as intriguing. And it is that the source code is so important for humanity, that they are taking this trouble. So that later some say that they are low quality programs in front of the owners ...

The GitHub Arctic Code Vault it is as the cave or vault where the data repository will be stored within the Artic World Archive has been called. Remember that not only has this been stored in these areas, it has been storing other important things for a long time. For example, I do not know if you know that there is a seed store with all the cataloged species to be able to repopulate the earth in the event of a global catastrophe. Something like a cave with everything you need for "doomsday" seen in some movies, but this one is real.

The cavern is an old coal mine, in a demilitarized and remote zone of geography, in addition to the most geopolitically stable Worldwide. Ideal place to store this large file. Furthermore, it is so cold, that scientists believe that the permafrost that surrounds it would not be too affected by climate change in the future.

By the way, digital data have been translated into multi-layer analog films capable of withstanding up to 1000 years. They are basically microfilms (200 discs, each with 120GB of space with the source code) produced by the Norwegian company Piql, and they will be placed inside a steel container inside a sealed chamber at the mine. According to this company, it should arrive 750 years in normal conditions and 2000 inside this cold, dry and low oxygen cave.

El February 2, 2020, GitHub it will capture a snapshot of each public repository on your servers to move to these disks and take them there. Everything will be packed like a tarball, most of the data QR-encoded. In addition, it will include information and guidance for the application of open source, with the context of how it is used today. In case future readers who "find out" need it and have to learn the technology from scratch.


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  1.   Gnome said

    Mina de cabron?…. Check the grammar