Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 81083
RFE: Timezone setting defaults to US, but could be defaulted more accurately
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:49:30 EDT
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Description of problem:
anaconda always defaults to a US timezone when it asks you set a
timezone and yet it could be better defaulted.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot phoebe CD-ROM disc 1 and run anaconda
2. Go through the install, which asks for the installation language,
the country keyboard layout (and even the default/installed
language of the final configured system later on too).
3. Get to the timezone setting section (completely with fiddly world
map :-) ) and it, ahem, always defaults to a US timezone.
Actual Results: I entered English for the installation language, UK for the
layout and British English as the only installed (and hence
default) langauge for the final system. The default timezone setting
remained stubbornly US-based though and that map isn't easy to
click on :-)
Expected Results: Considering I've given it big, big hints about which country I'm
in, you'd have hoped that the default timezone would be adjusted
(where possible) to an appropriate country, but sadly this doesn't
Not much else to say - the default timezone should be set based
on previous user input about their country/language and should only
default to the US if it's not possible to use the info to set such
a (better) default timezone.
When I select Czech, I get Prague preselected. Maybe it is caused by the ambiguity of "English" language?
The timezone guess is based on the language, not the keyboard.
I dont see us changing how this works.
I suspect the problem here is possibly the order of the questions in anaconda.
At one point (possibly near the end and maybe after the timezone is selected),
the default language for the final system is chosen (this isn't the
installation language, but that actual language for the system when you first
The installation language doesn't distinguish between US English and UK English
(it just says "English"), but the final system language *does* distinguish
between the two. If you delayed the timezone choice until the final system
language is chosen, you'd have a more accurate "language" to base your default
timezone setting on and - ta-ra - UK users would finally get London as the
default timezone area (which I suspect they've never had in any Red Hat
I don't know how difficult/painful it would be to put the timezone selection
after the final system language is chosen, but if it is feasible, then perhaps
closing this bug early was a little premature ? Anyone at Red Hat care to