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KALI – How to adjust Date, Time, Keyboard to British, European and Global Date Formats

19/10/2014

American’s tend to forget that their date format is ONLY used in America, the rest of the world uses the British/European date formats. This could have serious repercussions for manufacturing or sales orders.  So how do we reset the Date format for the global community?

1. British / European / Global formatting for Dates

The date command displays or sets the system date and time.  If using a global system I would recommend the use of the three letter month to avoid any confusion.

date +%d = two digit day

date +%h = three letter month

date +%m = two digit month

date +%Y = four digit year

So the British date format would be:

date +”%d %h %Y”

kali European Date format

Step 2 – Change to UK British English Keyboard

Root (Far Right – at the Top)

System Settings (like control panel in Windows)

kali system settings

Keyboard

 kali keyboardLayout Settings

kali keyboard layout

Language Tab (the first tab) > British English

kali british englishFormats Tab (2nd tab)

UK English = this will set the £ characters etc for currency

kali uk formatIn order to prevent the US keyboard layout… I jettison the option and use

English UK with WinKeys

English UK

kali uk only keyboardHere’s the £ symbol and speech marks from a UK keyboard

kali uk with winkeys keyboardUnder root > system settings > Region

Select English UK

Date & Time

Kali defaults to EDT… set to European time.

Under root > system settings > Date and Time

Select Europe > Select city eg “London”

 

kali date and timeTest the date settings.

Enter date

Here we see “BST” or British Summer Time – you’ll note that date is still producing the US formatting, not the Global formatting… someone will have to write a note and explain to Americans that their date formatting does not apply to the rest of the global economy.

kali time set twice

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4 Comments
  1. Ontoros permalink

    what should i do if the keyboard setting won”t launch? when I go to ‘Settings’ and click on ‘Keyboard’ to add a custom shortcut key, the ‘Keyboard’ setting window will not open. It will flash a second or two in the taskbar (topbar) and exit immediately.

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