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Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

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#1 NickAu


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Posted 21 February 2015 - 01:07 AM


The year 2038 is still more than two decades away, but LWN.net editor and longtime Linux kernel chronicler Jon Corbet believes software developers should be thinking about that date now, particularly in the Linux world.

Corbet raised the issue at his annual "Kernel Report" talk at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in Santa Rosa, California this week. "Time to start worrying," he said.

The issue is similar to the dreaded Y2K bug, in that a longstanding deficiency in the way some computers record time values is due to wreak havoc in all manner of software, this time in 2038.

This latest problem comes down to the "time_t" time codes used by Linux and other Unix-compatible operating systems. Because they were specified as 32-bit values – back in the early days of Unix, when 2038 was almost a century away – they're eventually going to run out of bits with which to tick off seconds. Specifically, that's going to happen at exactly 03:14:07 GMT on January 19, 2038.

So why worry now, when we still have decades to fix the problem?




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Posted 21 February 2015 - 01:38 AM

interesting news... (strokes beard)

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 06:24 AM

It's almost "epochal" isn't it?

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 07:30 PM

Interesting. They should get on that quickly.

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Posted 23 February 2015 - 11:57 AM


Edited by bmike1, 23 February 2015 - 11:58 AM.

A/V Software? I don't need A/V software. I've run Linux since '98 w/o A/V software and have never had a virus. I never even had a firewall until '01 when I began to get routers with firewalls pre installed. With Linux if a vulnerability is detected a fix is quickly found and then upon your next update the vulnerability is patched.  If you must worry about viruses  on a Linux system only worry about them in the sense that you can infect a windows user. I recommend Linux Mint or, if you need a lighter weight operating system that fits on a cd, MX14 or AntiX.

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