Subject: Re: Y2K support
From: Scott Goehring <>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 1999 18:55:48 -0500

"John" == John Gilmore <John> writes:

John> Sun, for example, DOES offer a Y2K warrantee to all owners of Sun
John> products sold after January 1, 1995.  

Of course, Sun has revenue from sales which they can use to purchase
legal services and insurance, and in all likelihood has been salting
away some small portion of their income for that purpose for many
years (if by no other means than by holding a general liability
insurance policy).  I wouldn't be surprised if Howrey & Simon (Sun's
counsel in the past) ends up doing some Y2K stuff; they list product
liability as a secondary area of practice.  Red Hat's marginal revenue
stream is probably not large enough to do that; I doubt Red Hat has
anywhere near the institutional safety net that Sun does.

John> Joe, maybe you should start a "Linux Y2K" web page or HOWTO, and
John> allow people to send in updates about particular releases or
John> RPM's that they have tested.  The great thing about free
John> software is that even when the vendor falls on their face, the
John> users can do the job.  If you sell ads on the web page, you
John> might even make money...

Most of the people who are looking for Y2K "certifications" aren't
looking for gratuitous comments that a given package might possibly be
Y2K-compliant.  They're looking for an enforceable promise that the
package will work properly, and for someone to sue when it doesn't.
No user or author of free software is in a position to give an
enforceable promise without being paid for it.  A web page established
and maintained by someone other than the vendor is worthless for this
purpose.  And anyone who did put up such a site would be at risk for
being sued for any incorrect claims of compliance anyway.