ntp by default on servers in Vivid

Dimitri John Ledkov xnox at ubuntu.com
Sat Oct 25 02:31:20 UTC 2014

On 22 October 2014 15:59, Seth Arnold <seth.arnold at canonical.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 02:51:56PM +0100, Robie Basak wrote:
>> I'd like to seed ntp in both server and cloud-image in Vivid. Servers
>> should maintain the correct time by default. Please make any objections
>> now.
>> Right now, ntpdate is seeded in minimal. It makes little sense to have
>> both ntpdate and ntp installed.
> Historically, ntpd would refuse to change the system time beyond a small
> amount, so ntpdate was run in the initscripts for ntpd to make sure that
> ntpd could keep things synchronized from then on. Is this still the case?
> is this smallish amount of time configurable?
> It only makes sense to install ntpd if it will also be configured. Are we
> going to use pool.ntp.org? This may work well enough for "simple" uses,
> but does allow any member of pool.ntp.org to completely mess up times of
> potentially hundreds of thousands or millions of users.

Default ntp provider on ubuntu is ntp.ubuntu.com which points to two
canonical hosted ntp servers/end-points, as far as I can observe.

> Will it be easy enough for an organization to override the configuration
> in each of the use cases you've described?
> Thanks
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