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[Bug 696115] Re: Timezone should not require superuser on laptop


Sorry. Let me be a bit more formal.

I suggest that laptops are either:
1) single user
    * in which case changing the time zone won't hurt other users,
2) physically shared amongst several people
    * in which case, they are in the same time zone, and if one user sets the zone, that is a positive benefit to other users,

Occasionally, they might be 
3) multi-user, shared amongst a small cooperating group of users.    In which case if someone fools with the time zone, you send them a nasty e-mail.

And they will very rarelyl be used as servers occupied by untrusted
users out to cause trouble.

In use cases 1 and 2, changing time zones is a real benefit.    In 3, it
is largely harmless.

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  Timezone should not require superuser on laptop

Status in “gnome-system-tools” package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  Binary package hint: gnome-system-tools

When you carry a laptop from one timezone to another, it's nice to be able to set the time correctly, even if you don't have administrative rights on the laptop.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: gnome-system-tools 2.32.0-0ubuntu1.1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-24.42-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-24-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Architecture: amd64
Date: Fri Dec 31 18:30:08 2010
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" - Release amd64 (20091027)
 PATH=(custom, user)
SourcePackage: gnome-system-tools