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Author Topic: UTC vs Local Time During an Installation  (Read 1274 times)

macondo

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UTC vs Local Time During an Installation
« on: February 23, 2016, 10:11:55 pm »

UTC vs Local Time During an Installation

I always thought that was an asinine question to ask during a distro
installation, of course I want local time, not the time in England.

Invariably, I chose Local and invariably, I got in trouble.
I wasted my precious time banging my head against the keyboard. I never
had the correct time, I googled for it and got more confused.
Geeks cannot write or spell.

One day, I decided to go UTC, what the heck, it can't be worse than
Local, right?

Voilà!! It worked, for once I had the correct time, I thought I was a frigging
genius.

So now, all I had to remember: UTC, UTC, UTC...so I wrote it down. I
thought my particular box was like this (UTC) because of that chinese
kid who charged me $60 to put it together and probably messed up. Wait
next time I see him, I'm gonna read him his rights!

By now you've guessed it, I'm no techie, but a retired truck driver
who took computing to stay busy.

Some time passed, and one day I was in the BIOS, trying to make my box
boot from the CD by default, and I happened to see at the bottom of the
screen the time/date, it was UTC. Hmmm...

Could it be that was what the installation folks were asking me?
If my hardware had the UTC time instead of the local time?

And NOT what time I wanted in my computer?

Enquire readers wanted to know.

If you are dense like me, you're welcome.

if you are a logical, well-centered person, and never, ever entertain this kind
of reasoning, I apologize for wasting your time.

Happy trails,
macondo
« Last Edit: February 24, 2016, 10:02:06 am by macondo »
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Re: UTC vs Local Time During an Installation
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2016, 05:50:36 am »

Yes, you figured it out.  ;D

The questions asked are: "What time zone is your computer clock set to?", and "What timezone are you located in?". The OS then figures out what your local time is.

Network-centric *NIX prefers to use UTC as a common point of reference, whereas Windows sets the computer clock to local time. In a dual boot configuration, Linux being the most flexible, co-exists with the more rigid partner by making accommodations and making things work (this sounds disturbingly familiar).

Rule of thumb: If Windows is on the machine, use "local time". Otherwise, UTC is the preferred Linux way.
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macondo

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Re: UTC vs Local Time During an Installation
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2016, 03:51:56 am »

Well... I stand corrected, some geeks CAN  write :D
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Re: UTC vs Local Time During an Installation
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2016, 01:18:02 pm »

im in the middle of writing a doc on how to keep time right now
ill post it when its done
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macondo

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Re: UTC vs Local Time During an Installation
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2016, 01:24:03 pm »

Don't take me so seriously, what do i know?
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