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IDG News: GNU guru blames software licenses for Y2K woes

Mar 08, 1999, 16:16 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Legard)

"The year 2000 problem (Y2K) has been made worse by restrictive licensing practices which are now common among software vendors, according to Richard Stallman, founder of the GNU Free Software Foundation."

"The Y2K problem mostly affects older software programs which use a two-digit date field instead of today's four-digit date field. Computer programs using a two-digit date field may not know whether "00" means 1900 or 2000, which could cause them to malfunction or shut down on Jan. 1, 2000."

"Stallman, whose GNU project provided much of the software which eventually became the Linux Unix-like operating system, said that the idea of proprietary software is relatively new, and is bad for both business and society as a whole."

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