Just read this article http://us.rediff.com/money/2005/may/06linux.htm,
and was wondering what peoples thoughts are with regards this problem.
Some more scare mongering?
Here is a snippet to get a gist,
"The bug has its origins in the way the C language, which has been used to
write Linux, calculates time. C uses the 'time_t' data type to represent
dates and times. ('time_t' is an integer that counts the number of seconds
since 12.00 a.m. GMT, January 1 1970.)
This data is stored in 32 bits, or units of memory. The first of these
bits is for the positive or negative sign, and the remaining 31 are used
to store the number. The highest number that these 31 bits can store works
out to 2147483647.
Calculated from the start of January 1 1970, this number would represent
the 2038 time and date given at the top. Problems would arise when the
system times of computers running on Linux reach this number. They can't
go any forward and their value actually would change to -- 2147483647,
which translated to December 13 1901! That will lead many programs to
return errors or crash altogether."
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