Linux 3.17 is Getting ready for the Year 2038

The Linux 3.17 kernel is the fifth major kernel release so far in 2014 and among its features is a fix for a flaw that wouldn’t actually impact Linux for another 24 years.

The Unix 2038 bug conceptually is somewhat similar to the Y2K (Year 2000) flaw that didn’t get fixed on many systems until 1999. Linux developers aren’t waiting until the year 2037 and don’t seem to be interested in re-visting the whole Y2K bug fixing experience.