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Re: Interesting story: Argentinian clocks

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.

No sure I like this. Unless it is very well done, it could sound like we are
mocking Argentina for this. As well, before trying to say we are the best,
the package should be first be accepted in volatile and/or etch.


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