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I have been running various versions of Linux from June 1995. Currently, I am running Linux-Mandrake 5.2 on my PC which has a AMD K-5/100 Mhz based motherboard and 32 Meg of RAM. I use X-ISP to dial in to my ISP and run Netscape, and use the StarOffice 5.1 suite from Star Division GmbH (now owned by Sun) for any word-processing or spread-sheet kind of work.

Note on North American DST Patch:
This is how I patched my linux boxes (various versions):
1. Download tzcode2007d.tar.gz and tzdata2007d.tar.gz into a temporary directory
2. gzip -dc tzcode*.tar.gz | tar -xf -
3. gzip -dc tzdata*.tar.gz | tar -xf -
4. zic -d ./zoneinfo northamerica
5. cp -p zoneinfo/EST5EDT /usr/share/zoneinfo/EST5EDT
6. cp -p zoneinfo/America/New_York /usr/share/zoneinfo/America/New_York
7 . mv /etc/localtime /etc/localtime.bak
8 . ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/EST5EDT /etc/localtime
9 . zdump -v /etc/localtime | grep 2007
This should produce:
/etc/localtime Sun Mar 11 06:59:59 2007 UTC = Sun Mar 11 01:59:59 2007 EST isdst=0 gmtoff=-18000
/etc/localtime Sun Mar 11 07:00:00 2007 UTC = Sun Mar 11 03:00:00 2007 EDT isdst=1 gmtoff=-14400
/etc/localtime Sun Nov 4 05:59:59 2007 UTC = Sun Nov 4 01:59:59 2007 EDT isdst=1 gmtoff=-14400
/etc/localtime Sun Nov 4 06:00:00 2007 UTC = Sun Nov 4 01:00:00 2007 EST isdst=0 gmtoff=-18000

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