Joined: April 2004
||Posted: April 18 2005,21:28
|Quote (Guest @ April 17 2005,17:13)|
thank you for your thoughtful and informative reply re: time zone problem. I had seen the info posting you referred to, and was aware of the workarounds listed. But pity the poor newbie, timidly trying out "this GNU/Linux thing" in Chicago; he types "date" and is shown that he is in EDT or EST. He frowns, ejects and throws away the DSL cd, reboots, and smiles as Windows comfortingly reassures him that he is indeed in CST or CDT. He won't be back; he doesn't have time for that kind of nonsense.
what I suggest is:
1) addition of more time zone info files for those not in the 12 listed (which incidentally seems to exclude the US Atlantic timezone -- sorry Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands, you just don't count enough to be considered).
2) a simple(?) addition to the startup script to either "guess" the user's time zoneand offset from UTC or to allow the user to interactively select it.
3) and could ntpdate be included, even at the cost of something else less important (hint: games)? I care about the correct time - and I wish others did too.
BTW, people can get spoiled by broadband and forget what it's like with out it. Even with a broadband connection, 50Mb is not an inconsquential download - and burn - and imagine you also had to do the syslinux version as well, for someone else using older equipment. Now imagine doing all that twice in 3 days, so as to not be "left behind".
And yes, Debian Stable is a "full" operating system, with all that implies. Both Debian and DSL have their place. And so does criticism of both, as appropriate. Ke4nt, I admire and appreciate the work you have done on DSL. Please do not take any criticism of DSL personally. Take it as encouragement to work toward the day that DSL is not #11 on Distrowatch, but #1!
Finally, to all those who have an irresistable urge to shoot the messenger, may I suggest that they put on your reading list, "How to Win Friends and Influence People", by Dale Carnegie. Don't be proud, be smart. Rread it.
Perhaps coming into someones house and bagging on thier parents work isnt a good thing (he may not be my parent..but he is the "father" of dsl)...and hiding behind the unregistered cloak while taking potshots at a man who has done damn near the impossible is very uncool
If you really want to offer up these one sided pet-peeves, perhaps registering, posting, and offering up your list of credentials might get a better response from the members of this community...
Dont come to our house, saying its ugly or not built right and expect a "nice" response...
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