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Setting Time the Right Way, The Linux Way

Oct 05, 2007, 06:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"'Does anyone really know what time it is? Does anyone really care?' It's a fine song lyric for Chicago, but when it comes to computers, the answer is, 'Yes, we really care. We, really, really care that our all are computers' servers logs, e-mail date and time stamps, and our backups agree on the date and time.'

"How do you do that, though? The usual answer on SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) networks is to have each PC call in over the Internet to a NTP (Network Time Protocol) server. That's fine, but it does waste a few bits of network bandwidth and with any modern Linux you can set up your own personal NTP server for your PCs..."

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