It's kinda weird how my /etc/timezone file listed the correct time zone, but my system ignored this when it rebooted. There was that, and my KDE GUI was sort of different, and unresponsive for date/time settings. Maybe some of those other commands on that page (which I never found with the search words which I could think of) would have done the trick.
Do you think the same commands will work on any Debian distro, or straight-up Debian? I gave up on Ubuntu and overwrote my install for a number of reasons. KDE had finally worn out my nerves, and so had the aroma of the Ubuntu culture (does not smell like coffee). Plus, I wanted to find out if I would have this time problem with other installs/Linux systems. A few years ago I tried all GUI versions of Ubuntu and Linux Mint, and I recall no such clock issues. Kubuntu (latest version) was the first system which gave me that problem, and now it seems like all new releases of any Linux distro will give me such grief. Is there a known explanation for this?
It's great that your VL's clock is correct now, you're welcome, and we appreciate the implied compliment very much.
Welcome to Vector Linux.
Now let's get your Ubuntu corrected: http://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuTime#Make_Linux_use_.27Local.27_time
In the file mentioned, make the line "UTC=yes", then set your time zone as desired. Don't bother setting the time and date; the hardware clock won't work correctly with the timezone until after rcS is run at boot, so reboot. Then set the time and date. Should work, probably will. A couple of people in #ubuntu were kind enough to look in their rcS and verify that the setting is still there.
I'd wager that there's a friendly command to do this without rebooting in Deb/Ubuntu also, but it may have been forgotten by those who give advice fastest and loudest.
As to "slackware commands": VASM called /sbin/vzoneset for this. VASM and vzoneset are particular to VL., but vzoneset is an adaptation of the Slackware script "timeconfig" by Patrick Volkerding. Thanks to Kocil's work, vzoneset will display in its own window in X; timeconfig needs an X terminal for that.
I'm running the Light version of Vector, which doesn't have the graphical system tool installed. I still think your system includes an easy tool for doing this, but I'm not able to point out the location from here.