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Re: DST, will Fedora change the time on the fly?



On Sun, 2009-03-08 at 20:37 +1030, Tim wrote:
> It's a fair bet that
> changes to countries like the US are kept up with, with their large
> number of users keeping an eye out for that sort of thing.  You can
> check the changelog for your tzdata package for that sort of thing.

On Jan 1, 2008 Venezuela changed its timezone from UTC-0400 to UTC-0430.
Fedora was on the ball and adjusted pretty quickly, likewise Windows,
however Firefox had an interesting Javascript bug:
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=411726 initially reported
on MacOS X but later confirmed on Fedora 8. It took about a year to fix.

IOW, even though the platform gets it right, some apps may still get it
wrong because of hidden assumptions, e.g. that timezones are always
integral numbers of hours away from UTC.

poc


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