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ATTN: LINUX USERS, SWITCH TO WINDOWS BEFORE 2038


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#1 Rocky Bennett

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 02:56 PM

Hey All,

I have been spending the last few days preparing my computer for the big 2038 meltdown;

 

https://fossbytes.com/year-2038-problem-linux-unix/

 

I hope that you are all prepared.

 

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#2 AnythingButMalware

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 05:25 PM

There is no need to switch to Windows if you're a dedicated Linux user. This issue will be fixed by most manufacturers before or near the time-frame.

Have you tried turning it off and back on? :P


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Posted 21 January 2018 - 05:31 PM

There is no need to switch to Windows if you're a dedicated Linux user. This issue will be fixed by most manufacturers before or near the time-frame.


Correct. There's no need to worry about anything. According to the article:
 

Well, the work is ongoing and, according to the experts, the Year 2038 problem shouldnt be much hard to fix.


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Posted 21 January 2018 - 06:15 PM

Rocky, you either have a remarkable degree of confidence that we are all going to be still here to bothered by a hypothetical problem in 20 years time, or a similar degree of confidence in a lack of human ingenuity to be able to solve it.

 

I well remember the hype about the Y2K problem, and that only started up about 18 months before the new milleniium arrived, let's not have 20 years of it !  Given the rate at which kernels get updated I am fairly confident that this little difficulty will be resolved long before it becomes a problem.

 

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 06:23 PM

Have to agree with Chris Cosgrove post #4.


Edited by The-Toolman, 21 January 2018 - 06:25 PM.

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 06:49 PM

As far as I'm aware this issue it affects anything which uses a 32 bit integer to store time, that will include embedded systems and 32 bit windows ones too. 64 bit operating systems, linux or windows, might not be affected though 32 bit programs running on them may encounter issues. When the date does come around I wonder if anyone with legacy systems of kinds which don't actually NEED the date for them to operate could just reset their clock and let their systems still believe it was at a time it is able to record.
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Posted 21 January 2018 - 07:09 PM

 This will never be a problem.

 

Heres a dire warning for all PC users, In 20 years time the latest greatest I7 processors we have today will be about as useful as the old Intel 286.



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Posted 21 January 2018 - 08:18 PM

Only effects 32bit linux asnd it has been mostly patched on 32bit linux anyhow.


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Posted 21 January 2018 - 08:38 PM

I suspect people are taking the post a little too seriously... :)


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Posted 21 January 2018 - 08:58 PM

 

ATTN: LINUX USERS, SWITCH TO WINDOWS BEFORE 2038

Hands up all those who think Whingedos will still be around in 20 years.



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Posted 21 January 2018 - 10:26 PM

Wow I never heard of this yet, but yeah with the way Linux patches things so quickly I don't think this will be a problem for very long. :)


Edited by SuperSapien64, 21 January 2018 - 10:26 PM.


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Posted 22 January 2018 - 09:21 AM

I suspect people are taking the post a little too seriously... :)

 

 

This is exactly right. I was just having some good old fashioned, Sunday morning Linux fun when I made that post.

 

Have a happy week everybody.

 

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 04:17 PM

Rocky, thanks for the warning! :P

 

Being that all of the Top 50 supercomputers are Linux powered (although likely not with '86-64' CPU's), we should be OK. :)

 

I recall waiting with my colleagues at work to see what would happen when Y2K arrived. The only thing notable that we heard or seen was the sound & light of fireworks set off by locals. Our computers didn't roll back to the speculated date that most everyone was calling for.

 

Oh, and the grocery stores were packed in the days before Y2K, buying most anything edible left on the shelves. One man bumped into me kind of hard & said 'Excuse Me', I asked 'what's up?'. He told me that 'the World is coming to an end', and I replied 'if that's so, then why bother with a buggy of food loaded to the gills?'. He stated 'just in case'. :hysterical:

 

I believe Linux will be just fine, if not better in 2038, with a much larger user base than today. :) 

 

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Posted 23 January 2018 - 12:08 PM

Someone forgot their '/s' tag on the title of the post!  :P


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Posted 23 January 2018 - 03:21 PM

I see Rocky Bennett was just having a little fun in reporting this to us, but it does make me remember all that Y2K Stuff.  A good friend of mine was all hyped on it LOL, I got a good laugh out of that one.  I may have filled my fuel tanks and bought a little more food than  normal, but most importantly, I partied more than usual just in case!


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