Ubuntu affecting Windows XP clock

Matt Zimmerman mdz at canonical.com
Thu Sep 23 22:10:39 UTC 2004

On Fri, Sep 24, 2004 at 06:13:10AM +0800, John wrote:

> Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> >There's something much better than a tweak; there's a bug filed with a
> >strategy for a fix to make it to the right thing automatically.
> >
> >https://bugzilla.ubuntu.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1332
> UTC is _never_ the right default for IA32.

I disagree.

> It fails when Windows is installed second.

Have you tried to install Windows on a system with Linux on it?  The RTC is
the least of your worries.  Windows has never attempted to coexist with
another OS.

> You don't allow for _other_ operating systems. Some people still use OS/2.

The solution described in the bug allows for arbitrary operating systems, as
long as we can reasonably guess what they expect of the clock.

> It doesn't allow for the fact that peecees are generally shipped with 
> the clock set to local time (mine or manufacturers I can't be sure). 
> I've never seen one set to UTC.

The initial time set on the board at the factory is irrelevant, _especially_
if it's local time, because it's already wrong and needs to be set.

 - mdz

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