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Re: [opensuse] Extrange change in "/etc/sysconfig/clock"
Rodney Baker wrote:
Quite frankly, I've never had an adequate explanation of why it would be more
desirable to run the hardware clock at UTC.

From a user perspective, it would likely mean no difference. But it's
better to offset from the standard for local needs. Don't forget, Unix
originated in the telecom world, where UTC is the standard. It was also
used in scientific areas, including astronomy, where again UTC is
generally used. So, UTC is the reference for everyone, who then adjust
for local use as necessary. Also, IIRC, Linux & Unix time stamps are in
UTC to avoid the ambiguity that occurs when using local time stamps.

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