[tz] Time zone confusion in Morocco

Hicham Boushaba hicham.boushaba at gmail.com
Fri Nov 2 08:53:23 UTC 2018

We agree that Moroccan government is the one to blame for this mess.
But also Google should've thought about a solution to the tzdb update
earlier, because even if the government gave a year notice, many models
running older versions and abondonned by their OEMs will stay impacted.

On Fri, Nov 2, 2018, 02:07 Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu wrote:

> On 11/1/18 2:26 PM, Hicham Boushaba wrote:
> > - the market share for Oreo 8.1 in Morocco is still below 4%:
> >
> http://gs.statcounter.com/android-version-market-share/mobile-tablet/morocco/#monthly-201807-201810
> >
> > - it's disabled by default, and the OEMs have to enable it and prepare
> > the Data App. Time only will tell, but I don't think that many OEMs
> > will use this.
> All good points, though that URL told me that Oreo has 10% share in
> Morocco (perhaps October figures recently became available?). For what
> it's worth, my Android phone (an Essential Phone, so an OEM and not
> Google directly) is running Android Pie security patch October 5 and
> still has not been updated. And my work desktop, running Fedora 29
> (released October 30), has not been updated either; Red Hat and Fedora
> tzdata integration and testing is expected to take a minimum of five
> business days <https://access.redhat.com/articles/1187353> so they are
> still on their schedule though that schedule is not fast enough for
> Morocco's hastily-announced change.
> It appears that Apple, Debian and Ubuntu were the leaders for this
> update, and that other distributions we've checked are not ready yet.
> Clearly it would have been better had the Moroccan government had given
> more notice. Kasraoui's article implies that the government decided to
> make the change in March, but for political reasons did not announce its
> decision until Friday. If the government had announced the decision when
> it was made, a lot more phones and computers would have been updated in
> time.
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