Re: Interesting story: Argentinian clocks
I might suggest emphasizing that this affected systems other than Debian or *nix. I
could see someone being confused and thinking that this was a *nix and/or Debian
problem if we publicize it. It turns out that it affects MS Windows too but they
have no patch available. So emphasizing that it affects many major operating systems
yet Debian was able to get a fix out so quick might be less confusing, or at least keep
a general reader from believing that this was a Debian problem.
 - http://blogs.technet.com/latam/archive/2008/10/16/argentinadst-2008-2009.aspx
On Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 07:25:41AM +0200, Christian Perrier wrote:
> Just dropping an idea about an interesting item for debian-news or
> so. Not really "written" but probably easy to complete.
> Argentinian free software developers fight hard for accurate computers clocks
> During October 2008, much noise happened when the clocks of most
> Argentinian servers running free (and some non-free) Unix-like systems
> suddenly drifted by one hour on Oct. 5th
> It turned out that some misunderstandings about the day Argentina
> would switch to summer time lead to incorrect information to flow down
> to all timezone settings packages in these systems.
> In two weeks, the argentinian community cleared up this mess and, in
> only two days, the timezone setting packages in Debian were fixed as
> soon as decisions were finally be made by Argentinian authorities.
> This is a very good example of the reactivity of the free software
> community which no proprietary software vendor can really achieve.
> PS: could be completed with stories about similar things for
> Brazil.... Again, this is not very well written but can probably be
> enhanced or completed as I don't know all aspects of the story. I just
> happen to find it interesting.