[tz] Uruguay out of DST

Steve Allen sla at ucolick.org
Fri Jul 10 17:39:07 UTC 2015

On Fri 2015-07-10T10:24:49 -0700, Paul Eggert hath writ:
> Also, there's overhead to making a release.  Even when data can be
> 99.999% verified there is still benefit to having ten releases a
> year instead of fifty, if ten will do.
> Downstream users of the tz database need to be reasonably prompt in
> applying new releases anyway.  Governments sometimes decide changes
> only a few days before they take effect, so if users care about
> timestamps, OS release schedules simply cannot require three-month
> delays.  This is true regardless of whether we issue a new
> Uruguayan-related tz release this week or next week.

I think we should expect that these economics and timing of timezone
information authority, packaging, and distribution will change if the
Time Zone Data Distribution Service (tzdist) becomes a widely
implemented standard.
Changing the distribution of the information from OS updates to
on-demand web service may mean that the IANA efforts of this mail
list, Apple, Microsoft, Google, etc.  will all have to decide how they
want to fit into that new model of "publishers" and "providers".
This current discussion about Uruguay seems to be leading toward that

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