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Bug#442856: tzsetup-udeb: tzsetup in installer has no UTC option

On Mon, Sep 17, 2007 at 06:33:22PM +0200, you wrote:
Choosing a timezone has nothign to do with the HW clock being set to
UTC so I'll assuml you mean choosing the UTC +00:00 timezone.


The question about the "country or area" which you get as second
question in default installs  is not a question about the
system's locale, it is really a question about the place the system is
installed at.

Fine. What I'm questioning is the logic that says UTC (*universal*) time shouldn't be an *option* no matter where you are. There are a lot of people who use UTC so that, e.g., their log files don't repeat hours once per year, regardless of where the machine happens to be physically located. Or, if this question is *solely* for time zone choice (and has no other side effects), it would be useful for that to be more clear in the prompt. (If this "has indeed been explained many many times", that would certainly suggest that the purpose of the question isn't clear enough--even your explanation of "it is really a question about the place the system is installed at" isn't true if it is *really* a question about what time zones you want to choose from.) I also don't remember a "go back" option (that is, ISTR that if you select US, you get a choice of a few time zones and no obvious way to do something else, like poke around for an "other" option), but I may be misremembering.

Mike Stone

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