Subject: Re: a proposed change to the OSD
From: David Johnson <>
Date: Sun, 3 Nov 2002 11:20:55 -0800

On Sunday 03 November 2002 02:42 am, Nathan Kelley wrote:

> "Imagine, if you will, that a large proprietary software firm (or
> consortium) wishes to destroy open source software. If they can require
> that all software come with a warranty, the job is done -- time will
> cook the soup."

No problem. Though I use the standard BSD license with disclaimer, I would 
have no problem offering a warranty. "If for any reason you are dissatisfied 
with the software, the purchase price paid to the author will be refunded in 

Of course, I give my software away. But even commercial Open Source companies 
should be able to do at least that.

Liability is a different kettle of fish entirely.

David Johnson
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