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I just ran a clean install of 12.10 on my sys76 laptop.

Time and date reads: 19:36 31 december 1969, even though it is: 13:29 07 november 2012.

I have it set for my location and it won't change manually, even tried in the command line with tz.

I think it is messing up the security certificates over the Internet cause I cannot change PPA over command line and going to Launchpad brings up the certificates page in Firefox.

Is this some known bug or is there a fix for it?

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Just install ntp server:

sudo apt-get install ntp

It will automatically keep your clock synchronized.

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This fixed the problem for me on Ubuntu 13.10. No idea why. (Problem was that the clock was off by one hour after daylight saving time/summer time took effect.) –  Carl Apr 2 '14 at 8:40

After installing 12.10 I had the same problem as well. Somehow the new installation set the BIOS clock to the year 2070 !! After this, Ubuntu wasn't able to set a different date both by ntp, manually, even using the date command.

Setting the right date in the BIOS settings solved the problem.

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sudo ntpdate ntp.ubuntu.com

Yes it would certainly mess with the SSL certs because they would be future-dated.

It doubt it's a bug in Ubuntu, your CMOS clock in the BIOS must have been set to that somehow.

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