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Microsoft will put all open source code from GitHub in Doomsday Storage in the Arctic

To do this, it will be printed out and transferred to a special film, which can last up to 2 thousand years.

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Microsoft will store all open source code from GitHub in Doomsday Vault in Svalbard. The company has already placed the first coil with 120 gigabytes of code in storage. This was reported by Bloomberg with reference to GitHub CEO Nat Friedman.

To store the source code, Microsoft will transfer it to an ultra-resistant film coated with iron oxide powder. Piql AS, the manufacturer of the material, claims that the film can withstand up to 750 years under normal conditions and up to 2 thousand years in a cold, dry cave with a low oxygen content. You can read information from the film using a magnifier.

Cabinet with a backup copy of the data on the film Photo by Guy Martin for Bloomberg Businessweek

The first bobbin with source code was placed in storage on October 24th – it was delivered personally by GitHub CEO Nat Friedman. The coil was placed next to the Vatican archives, records of real estate in Brazil, Italian films and a secret recipe for an unnamed burger.

The code for the Linux and Android operating systems, as well as 6 thousand other important open-source applications, were recorded on the first reel. According to Friedman, the company intends to become the largest client of Doomsday Storage. In total, GitHub will store 200 coils, each of which will contain 120 gigabytes of open source software.

The Arctic World Archive was opened in March 2017 next to the World Seed Repository. He was placed in an abandoned coal mine on Spitsbergen. So far, the archive is a metal cabinet with reels with film, you can open it with the usual key.

View from the Arctic World Archive Photo by Guy Martin for Bloomberg Businessweek
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