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Re: guix browsers timezones are set to GMT

From: Divan Santana
Subject: Re: guix browsers timezones are set to GMT
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2020 08:27:39 +0200

Hi Ben,

Ben Sturmfels <address@hidden> writes:

> Hi Divan,
> On 4/2/20 3:57 am, address@hidden wrote:
>> I see timezones in browsers on my guix system are set to GMT.
>> An example would be qutebrowser and guessing ungoogled-chromium which
>> use qtwebengine.
>> Example website is browsing to
>> in qutebrowser one can run ":jseval alert(new Date().toString())" From
>> and it reports GMT+0000 .
>> Browsing to the above with epiphany results in the correct local
>> timezone being set.
>> I understand for fingerprinting and privacy it's nice to have a
>> website not detect your correct timezone, though I'd prefer to have my
>> timezone detected correctly in these browsers.
>> Does guix do something special in the packaging of
>> qutebrowser/ungoogled-chromium/qtwebengine that causes this?
>> It seems to not occur on my colleagues systems with the same browsers.
>> I see my timezone on my system like so:
>> (operating-system
>>  (host-name "example")
>>  (timezone "Africa/Johannesburg")
>>  (locale "en_US.utf8")
> For what it's worth, there's a bug report here matching the issue you
> describe. The issue appears to affect quite a number of programs.

Had a look at that thanks.

Seems icecat works, when the privacy feature (ResistFingerprinting) is
disabled in about:config .

chrome and qutebrowser however do not report the correct time for me.

str1ngs in irc mentioned:

<str1ngs> divansantana and QDateTime works as well
<str1ngs> it's something qtwebenine or javascript related

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