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24/12/2006 newsletter

Postby Alephcat on Sun Dec 24, 2006 6:03 pm

Another busy week for Linux Mint has seen the release of the latest version of the Operating System (2.1) codenamed Bea which was given a great reception on the forums and further afield. The forums themselves have also seen changes this week with lots of new sub-forums being created (including one for this newsletter) and some reorganisation of existing forums. Clem also started a poll asking what he should work on for the next release version. The poll asks the forum users to choose whether he should work on 3D effects or KDE desktop integration. At the time of writing the voting stands at: 3D effects 64%; KDE 35% so it looks as though Clem will be following his original plan for the next releases.
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Postby Tiptup300 on Sun Dec 24, 2006 9:28 pm

What the heck......24/12/06?
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Postby antiquexray on Sun Dec 24, 2006 11:48 pm

Tiptup300 wrote:What the heck......24/12/06?


Hey Tiptup, that's the European way of showing the dates.
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Postby Tiptup300 on Mon Dec 25, 2006 12:33 am

Crazy eruopeans, lol, but seriously, nice roundup of info.
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Postby antiquexray on Mon Dec 25, 2006 12:59 am

Tiptup300 wrote:Crazy eruopeans, lol, but seriously, nice roundup of info.


They think we're crazy for our way. I work with the manufactures of medical equipment all around the world and many use that format. I know some distros would give that option. It's no wonder the military settled on 24Aug06.
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Postby scorp123 on Mon Dec 25, 2006 3:58 am

antiquexray wrote:
Tiptup300 wrote:What the heck......24/12/06?


Hey Tiptup, that's the European way of showing the dates.


There is no "European" way of writing dates. You should use plural.

In some areas such as Germany and Switzerland (probably France and Italy too?) you use this format: DD.MM.YYYY --- so today is 25.12.2006.

In Sweden they use dashes ... I once had a project with Ericsson in Sweden and in every document I got from them they wrote the dates like this: 25-12-2006. I assume that in Denmark, Norway and Iceland they write their dates like that too?

The thing with the slashes is British and British-only as far as I know :lol:

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Postby kenetics on Mon Dec 25, 2006 9:51 pm

Whether slashes, dashes, or dots separate - the day/month/year makes a lot of sense when you want to sort by date.
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Postby Tiptup300 on Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:51 am

technically year/month/day would...

061227 - Dec 27, 2006

is greater than

061226 - Dec 26, 2006
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Postby rlozano on Wed Dec 27, 2006 6:45 am

LoL... a nice roundup that ends up to be discussing date format... but it's kinda educational... :)
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Postby buster on Thu Dec 28, 2006 12:26 pm

The most sensible to me has always been from the largest to the smallest, which also shows up a lot. The advantange is you can take it right down to hours, minutes, seconds... as far as you want, depending on how important preciseness is.

2006/12/28/11:25.13
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Postby hairy_Palms on Sat Jan 06, 2007 3:38 pm

guess its always made sense to have the least significant first to me :)
day/month/year
the most significant first works too,
year/month/day
both of them have a sensible order
but some countries do it with
month/day/year which is just weird.


wikipedia says http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calendar_d ... 2C_year.29

most countries use day/month/year
a handful use year/month/day
and for the weird one month/day/year is only used in

* Canada (Although most official documents use the y-m-d format, the m/d/y format is also understood due to influences from the United States.)
* Federated States of Micronesia
* Palau
* Philippines (formerly d/m/y. May still be found in certain contexts)
* United States (Although Independence Day is often referred to as "the Fourth of July.")
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