: Hi All,
: I've been tinkering with RedHat 5.0 and really liking it. I haven't
: been able to find any definitive info about how Linux in general and Red
: Hat in particular fare with Year 2000 compliance. Thanks in advance for
: answering what is probably a very elementary matter.
Linux is year 2000 compliant. However, if you have a 32 bit machine,
it is NOT 2038 compliant. Unices store the time as the number of
seconds since 1/1/1970, and in 1/18/2038 the values will overflow,
causing much trouble for the time is signed. Apparently, the Unix
authors knew about the problem back in 1971
(http://www.veryComputer.com/). If you're
running a 64 bit machine, I don't think you'll have to worry
until 292,471,210,647. By which time, we will, I'm sure, have moved
to 128 bit machines.
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