"Here's an odd couple: Microsoft and the Linux Foundation. These
two organizations, normally on opposite sides of almost any issue,
agree that a new set of guidelines making software vendors liable
for knowingly shipping buggy software is badly off base. They claim
that the guidelines are likely to lead to a flood of expensive
lawsuits against both large commercial vendors and small-scale open
source developers. What's more, it could impose expensive
obligations to scour support forums and the like for notice of
problems, a procedure that would be overly burdensome for small
developers, say critics.
"Yes, this is a warning that developers should follow the issue
closely. But there's another side to the story: Don't software
buyers, both consumers and enterprise, deserve to get what they've
paid for: software that solves the problem it was written to
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