The end of the word in 2038
Posted Jan 5, 2012 16:54 UTC (Thu) by eru
In reply to: Linux at the end of the world (our 2012 predictions)
Parent article: Linux at the end of the world (our 2012 predictions)
I wonder if there will be embedded Linux (or BSD) systems running some critical function, which nobody has updated for decades. Or maybe updated to patch something at the application level, but nobody realises the OS contains a time bomb...
OK, now I sound like trying to replay the Y2K scare. But Y2K was a non-event because the patching efforts succeeded on time. This had the side-effect of making the people worrying about it look silly. But would it have got fixed without them? Doomsday scenarios got the attention of bosses, making them allocate resources for fixing.
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