@anrdaemon not sure what you mean. ICU itself doesn't cut a release
every time there's a timezone update.

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  ICU data package is grossly outdated

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Bug description:
  The data package compiled into supplied ICU libs is extremely out of date.
  I.e. the timezone information in libicu52 (Ubuntu 14) is as old as 2013g.
  The "newest" shipped tzdata in Bionic is 2017c, which is about as "new" as 
the one in Trusty.
  Means, pretty much rotten by now.

  It wouldn't be so hard to override it with env. vars, if not for
  applications, which intentionally clear environments at startup. F.e.

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