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On New Zealand DST changes again: Apple and Debian

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 1-Oct-2007 08:56

My previous post about the New Zealand DST changes got thousands of reads, because it explains an issue that affects corporate and consumers in general. I congratulated Microsoft and Telecom New Zealand for being proactive.

After the post I found out in the comments that Vodafone New Zealand sent out a letter (yes, snail mail!) to RIM BlackBerry users explaining that DST was coming and things should be changed on their servers. Vodafone sent a letter one week before the DST change came into effect! This is not time enough for Sysadmins to prepare patches, apply, work things out. How poor is that?

Vodafone put up a page with some information, and at least they are clear that changing the clock on the BackBerry itself will not change the appointments - this needs a change on the BES.

Again, if you think just changing the time on the device is fine, read my previous blog post. The DST problem affects not only appointments created in the new DST but it affects appointments you create during the new DST that fall outside the standard DST.

Then we have Apple who has not released a patch at all. A discussion in the Geekzone Forums asked "Where is the Apple update?"... It's nowhere. Apple just recommended users to manually set the clock. This is not good enough because it only fixes the system clock. What about appointments and application running on the basis of the system timezone? Are we sure it works ok? The only thing you find is a lousy page with instructions on how to change the time on Mac OS X.

Now I read this on Slashdot::


"Although a tzdata release that includes New Zealand's recent DST changes (2007f) has been out for some time, Debian are refusing to push the update from testing into the current stable distribution, codenamed Etch, on the basis that 'it's not a security bug.' This means that unless New Zealand sysadmins install the package manually, pull the package from testing, or alter the timezone to 'GMT-13' manually, all systems running Debian Etch in New Zealand currently have the incorrect time, as DST went into effect this morning. As one of the last comments in the bug report says, 'even Microsoft are not this silly.' The final comment (at this writing), from madcoder, says 'The package sits in volatile for months. Please take your troll elsewhere.'"


Clearly, if I were a corporate IT admin, CTO, CIO I would just stay away from those vendors who refuse to make their systems work or help sysadmins.


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